The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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«Krapivna District Treasury» Exhibition


March 20 - April 25, 2013
Local History Museum of Krapivna 

Opening of the exhibition: on March 19 at 15.00

Among the historic buildings of the Krapivna village (formerly a town and a district center) there is the so called “House with Columns” - a building of the 1st half of the 19th century. Over 100 years ago this building accommodated the District Treasury. The new exhibition of the Local History Museum of Krapivna will help you to follow its history. On display you will see numerous photographs and documents related to the work of that institution, one of the frequent visitors of which was Leo Tolstoy.

Originally the building belonged to the Shchelin family, but in 1833 its owner A.M. Shchelin sold it to the treasury. Since that time, there was the district treasury on the ground floor of the building, and the gendarmerie on its second floor.


Leo Tolstoy’s public activities were closely connected with the treasury building. In the spring of 1861 he was elected the arbitrator of the 4th sector of the Krapivna district. In the 1870s the author took part in the work of several local institutions as a councilor of the Krapivna district Zemstvo (a form of local government), and later – as a councilor of the Tula Province Zemstvo.

During his frequent trips to Krapivna related to his public duties and his attempts to improve the work of local public institutions (mainly those related to  educational institutions), Tolstoy often visited the treasury and the gendarmerie.

After the October Revolution of 1917 “The House with Columns” accommodated various institutions:  an orphanage, a dormitory for children from distant villages, and a school. From the early 1980s the building was not used for a long time. At present it has the official status of a historic and cultural monument and is under the management and protection of the Yasnaya Polyana Museum.

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