This modest green and white wooden building stands on the riverbank and was the first house Dostoevsky himself ever bought, prior to which he had only ever rented apartments. It was the birthplace of his second son Alexey, whose tragic death three years later deeply affected the writer. In this quiet provincial setting he wrote some of his greatest works, including his masterpiece, the Brothers Karamazov. In her memoirs Dostoevsky's wife mentioned how the writer like 'the shady garden and large paved yard where he would take walks on rainy days, when the whole town was drowning in mud...'. The museum has restored and preserved the Dostoevskys' dacha as it once was, with the 'old fashioned, heavy red wood furniture and the surroundings' in which they, in Anna Dostoevskaya's words, 'lived so warmly and cosily', along with many of the great writer's books, photographs and other possessions.