Korczak moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota from West Hartford, Connecticut. When he arrived at the future site of Crazy Horse Memorial on May 3, 1947, there was no road, no water and no electricity. He always said that he felt like he was pioneering. He lived in a tent the first year while he cut, peeled and notched the trees to build the log home. All the furnishings came from his home in West Hartford, including the Marie Antoinette mirror, Louis the 16th chairs, and the glass top table that he made from a four legged piano.
Along with all the antiques, many of Korczak’s works of art are on display. Among these are the Horse’s Head that he carved in nine days, Old Pagen, and the Polish Eagle.
The “Big Room” as the Ziolkowski children called it, is still home for Mrs. Korczak Ziolkowski (Ruth)and the family. All holidays are celebrated in this room and the furniture does get used. You should see this room on Christmas Day!!
Before there was even a gravel road to travel on, the Ziolkowski home was here to welcome visitors. Free coffee was served on the glass top table to the hearty souls who wandered in over the cow trail. Many loyal and lasting friendships were forged in this room. The room remains open to visitors to this day.
Thank you for visiting us on the web and we hope that one day soon we will be able to welcome you in person. Be sure to include the “Big Room” in your list of things to see while visiting Crazy Horse.