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House-Museum of the Osipov-Woulf
July 4, 2016 15:25


The main building of Trigorskoe estate is a big squat house and its form doesn’t seem very poetic. No wonder: a linen factory was initially placed in this construction (more precisely, in its pre-image).

Osipovs’-Woulf adapted it for housing in the early 1820s, because the manor needed reparations. It finally burned in the middle of the XIX century and only some parts remained. Perhaps the house will also be restored, but the unsightly factory building will remain as the center of Trigorskoe estate, where Pushkin was received as a guest.

House-Museum of the Osipovs-Woulf is both Pushkin's memorial and a museum of landlord life. Authentic things of Pushkin’s contemporaries together with the copies of Pushkin's manuscripts are collected here. There are paintings and old photographs of the interiors of the estate in the pantry. There is crockery, trays, samovar and cooling devices for champagne in the dining room.

Things belonging to Alexei Woulf are kept in his study. There are little things that are considered as gifts from Pushkin: a jewel box, an inkwell and a ladle for hot punch, in the Eupraxia’s room. There are many portraits in the house. There are many paintings with views of Trigorskoe estate and neighborhoods in the house. The items from Golubov estate, the estate of future husband of Eupraxia, Baron Vrevsov are especially marked. Pushkin traveled to Golubovo and he was a friend with its inhabitants. The books that he could read are collected in a large library.

In 1762, by decree of Catherine II the lands of Egoryevskaya firths were granted to Maxim D. Vyndomskoy, Second Major Life Guards. Since 1780 the estate, including the Trigorskoye manor, was inherited by his son, Alexander. During his life here, a landscaped park was created and main buildings were constructed. From 1813 to 1859 Trigorskoye estate belonged to Praskovya Alexandrovna Woulf by her first husband Woulf, and Osipova by her second husband Osipov. Pushkin met with neighbors in 1817, when he arrived in Mikhailovskoye village first time, and became close friends with them during his banishment in the period of 1824-1826. 

Praskovya A. Osipova-Woulf became not just a friend for the poet. Pushkin, a child deprived of parental care, found a substitute to his mother in this woman. Pushkin drank punch with her son, Alexei, read poems and ordered a memorial service for "Egor" Byron in the local church. With her younger daughter, Eupraxia "a slim maid" (Eupraxia-Zizi was a cheerful and full-blooded lady) Pushkin measured waists and joked that if he had the waist of young girl, then she had an adult male body. He proposed his love to senior Anna in vain. Trigorskoye estate brightened his monotonous life during his banishment. Besides it was here where Pushkin met Anna Kern. After the revolution, in 1918, the estate shared the partition of most landed estates and turned into ashes. But already in 1922 it became a part of the Pushkin Reserve with Mikhailovsky. Trigorskoye estate was rebuilt after the war.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Pskov Region     

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