A bit of history
In the center of the village Babai, in front of the local House of Culture stands a half-destroyed estate, in one part of which people live. As they call it the local "House of the Frying Pan". In fact, this house is primarily a manor of a landowner and representative of a noble family, Peter Alekseevich Shcherbinin, who received Babai as a dowry for Donts-Zakharzhevsky’s daughter.
Pyotr Alekseevich settled here in 1746 (the genus Shcherbinin and their relatives lived here until the October Revolution), after which the then infrastructure of the village went up. A pond dug for the alcohol of the plant (the end of the 18th century) by Shcherbinin remained on the territory of the village, and the territory of the plant itself, in the territory could remain the remains of the buildings of the tsarist times.
Immediately after Sherbinin settled in Babai, he built himself an estate. According to one theory, Skovoroda, who maintained friendly relations with Shcherbinin, stayed in this estate, but there is no documentary evidence where exactly Skovorod lived.
The pan often stopped in Babay, for about six years (70s – 80s of the 18th century), with his friend and Babayevsky priest Yakov Pravitsky. In Babay, Grigory Savich wrote most of the pieces from the collection "Fables of Kharkov". No documentary evidence resided in the building of Yakov Pravitsky. In one of the versions it is said that Scherbinin built his estate in the house where Praitsky lived. They admit that this house was a room above the cellar, on the floor of this room you can see a small brick ledge that is the ceiling of the cellar, which was the foundation for the house. Also, the walls of that room are significantly different in width from the width of the other walls, indicating that new houses were attached to the already existing walls of the house.
Sherbinin was very fond of receiving guests, and many honorable people began to curse. Mikhail Shcherbinin was visited by his friend Pushkin, who came to Kharkov and Chuguev on business.
Features of the estate
Now the manor is semi destroyed, in the part of the building that survived people live. The house has preserved master buildings of the 18th century - stables and a barn. Also near the house was a church school, which was supported by Shcherbinin. This school burned down, and a service station was built there. Under the house is the cellar, which stands there from about 18 to. One of the versions says that it was a church wine cellar in the house above which Priest Pravitsky lived.
To get into the house you need to go around it from the side where the fence ends, to find the entrance between the thickets. The shutters of those times remained on the house, and the star of David was carved into the shutters above the central doors. Scherbinin belonged to the Iron Cross Masonic Lodge. Under the house there is a cellar, the entrance to which you will find opposite the master's buildings. In the middle of the house you can see several stoves of the end of the 18th century, one of them removed a valuable tile which is located in the Kharkov Museum of Ceramics and Plumbing.
Author: Alexandra Rudinets