All the wealth and fame of Akmenė region has been created by people‘s wit and hands. Every new generation has continued and developed its predecessors‘ works and traditions.
People started living in this region in the 1st century of our era. Perhaps the oldest information of our land history is the notification about Livonian order master‘s march to Alsiai environs in 1229. In 1359 Sword-bearers fought against the Lowlanders near Papilė. Both people and economy suffered great losses after Swedish invasions in 1625-1626 and 1656-1659. Swedish army fought against the Polish and Lithuanian regiments in 1705. These areas were devastated by plague, epidemics, famine; in 1736 there were only 16 residents in Akmenė.
Akmenė's land residents also participated in Lithuanian and Polish uprisings against the occupational government of Russian empire in 1831 and 1863; the rebels won several battles against the regular army in 1863 near Papilė. When the Russian czar prohibited Lithuanian press, Lithuanian schools were operating in secret, books in Lithuanian were brought from Prussia and secretly disseminated in the towns and villages.
The 1st World War made large losses to the land; it reached this land in April of 1915. Thousands of Jews were exiled from Lithuania, many Lithuanians, Russians and representatives of another nationalities retreated from the war. Many villages and boroughs were destroyed during the 2nd World War, especially in the summer of 1944, when front between Germany and Soviet Union was fortified on the right shore of the river Venta for more than two months. Soviet occupational government imprisoned or exiled to concentration camps more than 1000 of Akmenė's region residents.
During the Socialist years in Akmenė region, as throughout the rest of Lithuania, collective farms and soviet farms were created by force, private ownership was destroyed. The state was building large and unthrifty plants of building materials, that today face difficulties to integrate into free market.