At the end of the 19th century, Pavel von Derviz, son of a railway king, builds a stud farm in the village of Starozhilovo. He begins to breed thoroughbred riding and trotting horses. By the beginning of the 20th century, von Derviz owned more than 2,500 horses of various breeds. During the Second World War, the plant suffered a lot of damage, and all the animals died during the evacuation. The impressive main building built in the neo-gothic style, unfortunately, has not ever been restored and is slowly falling into decay. However, horses are still bred at the plant, now 198 animals live there.
In addition to the stud farm, the von Derviz family also built a manor in the village of Kiritsy. The estate impresses with its eclectic architecture with elements of Gothic, Baroque and Old Russian architecture.
In Ryazan, the path of another world famous entrepreneur also began. This is about Maximilian Faktorovich, whom you probably know as Max Factor. In 1895, he opened his first perfume and cosmetics store in Ryazan, and 10 years later he founded his own cosmetics empire in Hollywood.