The Volotovsky District has a very long history, with traditions and customs all its own. The district is located in the southwest of the Novgorod Region, at the parting of three groups of rivers of the Ilmen Basin: Psizha and Perekhoda that empty directly into Lake Ilmen, as well as Snezha and Kamenka that empty into the Polist River, and Severka and Kolosha that empty into the Shelon River.
In the south of the district, not far from Lake Dolzhinskoye, there was a settlement called Krivichi. The local population was most likely made up of the Krivichi tribe that migrated from Belarus and Ukraine.
There are around 40 archaeological sites preserved in the district that date back many hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
Fishing and farming were the most common occupations in the past. Local soil is largely suitable for agriculture, as residents noticed long ago.
The hamlet, station and the village of the same name, Volot, were mainly involved in the flax business. This is why the name of the town acting as the district’s administrative centre is often associated with the word volot meaning “thread,” though there are other theories regarding the origin of the name.
Volot could be related to the word voloty, meaning “giants,” “strongmen,” “tall,” which suggests a link to the warriors of the past. The last community of the krivichi tribe may have disappeared in Volot.
As an administrative and territorial entity, the Volotovsky District was first established in 1927. The current borders of the district were restored in 1965.