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Dihtiari

Dihtiari
 
Dihtiari is a small village (1,200 residents), Sribniansk Region, on the left bank near the confluence of the rivers Udai and Lysohir. The first settlements appeared here as early as in the 13th C; for the first time records mentioned Dihtiari in 1666. In 1709, having defeated Swedish troops near Poltava, Peter I presented neighboring villages to Pryluky Colonel I. Galagan, which later bought Dihtiari as well. In 1823, during familial division of property the village fell to P. Galagan's share, which founded a manor near the confluence of rivers. In 1825-1832, architect P. Dubrovsky designed an estate and I. Bisterfeld laid out a park. This manor went down in history due to the serfs' orchestra; its 30 performers and entertained owners and guests during soirees. Taras Shevchenko attended one such soiree traveling in Ukraine in 1845. He described his impressions in his narrative Musician. In 1878, the manor was presented to the Poltava Zemstvo becoming an educational establishment. There were a five-year trade school (1878-1898), workshop school (1898-1927), artistic-industrial artel of carpet weaving (1927-1934) and, from 1934, school of agricultural machine-operators, which in 2003 was reorganized into the Dihtiari Professional Agrarian Lyceum.


 
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