Engineer N.N.Fuchs

Engineer N.N.Fuchs

During the period of 1863-1896, the Ilzenberg manor was managed by Fuchs. He rebuilt the manor, which remained virtually unchanged to this day. We can find information about the new landlord of the Ilzenberg Manor, German engineer N.N.Fuchs, in notes of the writer G.Isokas. He wrote down locals’ stories about Ilzenberg. The legend tells that Ilzenberg Manor was rebuilt in the 19th century by the German engineer of Tsarist Russia, who laid down railway in the region.

Picture of the Manor (1934 - 1937)The engineer purchased land in this place, built a palace herein, and named the manor Ilzenberg after his wife Ilze. As we see, the legend intertwines truth with fiction. The new landlord N.N.Fuchs was indeed of German origin, works as an engineer at the Tsarist Russia’s railway. However, as mentioned above, the name of the Ilzenberg Manor was known back in the 16th century. No data of the name of N.N.Fuchs’ wife survived. Ilze or, maybe, Elza. This, in turn, might inspire people to create a legend about the origin of the name the Ilzenberg Manor. There might be another version that the engineer was looking for the right place to settle and liked the coincidence of the name of the manor for sale with his wife's name. It is not possible to verify the above versions so far.

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