„Seldom have I seen a place as picturesque as Kurgja. It is in the midst of woods, on both banks of the Pärnu River…“ C. R. Jakobson wrote to his betrothed in 1874. With the establishment of a farm at Kurgja he wished to become an example and a teacher for the other farmers. Farm buildings were constructed on the basis of his designs, thus being unique. In the period 1875–1880 the sauna, hive house, watermill and a cattle barn were built. The residential building with an interesting architectural solution was completed only after master’s death. By today the buildings have been renovated and furnished. The 82.5 ha Kurgja-Linnutaja is a functioning farm where cattle are bred and grain is cropped.
Carl Robert Jakobson (1841-1882) was the first Estonian learned farmer, a politician, a mentor and one of the most beloved leaders of the Estonian national movement.