Čekiškė Eldership covers an area of 8,267 ha. At the beginning of 2017, 1,802 residents lived here. Currently, the residents of the town are Lithuanians, although before the World War II about 70% of the population of Čekiškė were Jews. Čekiškė town, that is surrounded by 29 villages, is a centre of Čekiškė Eldership. Liučiūnai is the biggest of the villages. In the west the eldership is bordered by the river Dubysa, in the east – by Karalgiris forest, in the north – by Kėdainiai and Raseiniai districts, and in the south – by Vilkija Eldership. Today Čekiškė town, located nearly 50 kilometres west of the district centre, that formerly was a village and a manor place, is an urban monument, and a centre of the eldership and parish.
The fairly narrow streets, yards that resemble farm homesteads, modest buildings clinging to the ground, the glowing from afar Saint Trinity Church that was rebuilt at the beginning of the 19th century, the Gymnasium named in the honour of Professor Pranas Dovydaitis, who is a signatory of the Act of Independence, eldership administration building, library...
Back in 1620, a manor landlord Jurgis Gedgaudas Mackevičius first founded a school in the manor and six years later built the Saint Trinity Church. After 173 years the church had burned down. In 1821, a new larger and more beautiful church of masonry, that survived into a present day, was built in the place of the former church.
As early as at the beginning of the 18th century Čekiškė was a town. In 1762, it was granted a privilege of market and marketplaces. During the uprising of 1863, the forests of Čekiškė were overwhelmed by rebels. During the uprising of 1863, the forests of Čekiškė were swarmed with rebels. In the second half of the 18th century and at the beginning of the 19th century, the town was on fire as many as 7 times.
Čekiškė and its surroundings have long been considered as the land of farmers. There are no industrial companies, and no free and non-cultivated land has left in this location - farmers R. Majeras, E. Brazauskas, R. Laurinavičienė, V. Bubliauskas and other hardworking people got deeply rooted here. All of them are a very important part of the community in this region - they create jobs, contribute to the management of the eldership infrastructure, support feasts and various projects.
Today, Čekiškė is decorated with homesteads that are managed by hardworking locals and with the old town which is included in the Register of Cultural Property. During the Inter-war period, the multi-coloured wooden houses, that form long chains, housed Jewish stores and inns. Some of the buildings are very old and have nearly collapsed, while other ones were or are being restored for a new life, although their owners do not have the right to make substantial changes to the exterior of the buildings. The street network, the square plan, and the space composition are under protection in the Register of Cultural Property. Therefore, any renovation work must be coordinated with the Department of Cultural Heritage.
Prepared according to the book “Decades in the Area around Kaunas” (“Pakaunės dešimtmečiai“) (compiled by Petras Garnys).