from. Gogolevo

The village of Vasilievka was the family property of the Gogol family (they are Janovskie, and therefore the village had the second name Yanovshchina - named after Gogol's great-grandfather Jan). A comprehensive description of Yanovsky from the times of Gogol's childhood was given by the Russian geographer AN Ovsyannikov in his essay "Essays and pictures of Little Russia":

"At the entrance to the village on one side stretches a huge thick garden, a pond through which a bridge is laid, as if cutting it into two parts. On the other side a large green pasture opens, on one side of which stands a small church, lined with trees and a dazzlingly shining green roof. Opposite the church across the road was Gogol's Manor, in the center of which stood a one-story house with wooden logs and a red metal roof. On the territory of the manor there were many buildings of economic importance, a stable, a coach house, a barn and other buildings ... ".

Vasilievka and nearby farmsteads, and along with them and their inhabitants, became prototypes of many Gogol heroes. For example, during a summer stay in the village the writer, along with his sister Olga went to a forest called Yavorivschina. It was there that the Gogol-Yanovsky apiary stood. Gogol often communicated with his beekeeper (this is mentioned in his works by Olga Vasilievna). Perhaps, therefore, the cycle of stories "Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka" is attributed to a fictional beekeeper Rudom Pank.

The estate was built in the village of Vasilievka (later Yanovshchina, now Gogolevo) by the parents of Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol in the first half of the nineteenth century. In this manor there passed the childhood and youth years of N. V. Gogol. Nikolai Vasilievich constantly returned to the patrimonial nest, engaged in various works on the improvement of the estate and the village in general. He also helped the peasants with money to buy livestock, sent money to build a stone hedge of the Nativity-Bogoroditskaya church. The last time Nikolai Gogol visited a family manor in 1851.

During the Second World War, the manor was almost completely destroyed. At the beginning of 1980, the Gogol-Yankovsky estate was recreated according to plans, memoirs, letters of contemporaries, old photographs, drawings and drawings of the writer himself. In 1984, a museum is opened here.

Nowadays, NV Gogol's reserve is a complex of reconstructed objects (houses, an outbuilding, garden park with small architectural forms) and reconstructed objects (objects, graves of the writer's parents), as well as landscape-natural objects in the area around 40. The museum collection numbers about 7000 units of exhibits. It includes written, pictorial, photo and video materials, subject artifacts, decorative objects and others.

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