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1. Russian Village an Unexpected Retreat

Tour Five begins in Southbury. Take I-84 to exit 14 (I-84 west right off ramp; I-84 east left off ramp). At the first stop light; take a left on Main St. South. Before crossing the bridge over I-84 go straight on Russian Village Rd. to visit Churaevka Village (.1 mi.), on the National Register of Historic Places.

The village was settled in 1925 by writer George Grebenstchikoff and llya Tolstoy, son of Leo Tolstoy, as an artistic community for Russians who fled to America after the Russian Revolution of 1917. A visit to the small fieldstone chapel located in a wooded clearing replete with an onion shaped dome and striking icons is a reminder of the cultural heritage of the men and women that found refuge here. The chapel was built as a memorial to the Cathedral of St. Savidur in Moscow demolished by the Soviets in the early 192's.

Retrace your steps, take a right at the end of Russian Village Rd., cross the bridge over I-84, at the first stop sign, take a right on Fish Rock Rd., cross a second bridge (River Rd.) leaving I-84 behind.