The Homeland Museum “Kotarka”, Novo Miloševo
The Homeland Museum “Kotarka” belongs to the Count Karaczony’s family castle in Beodra (Novo Miloševo) and its surroundings, which is the cultural monument of great importance. Among many utility buildings, today are left just the horse stable closer to the castle and opposite the old grain warehouse, corn barn and a management building with workshops. Bogdan Karaczony bought the estate Beodra from the Vienna Court in 1781. Since then Beodra had been developing fast, and during the 19th century it became the town with more than 50 buildings.
The most beautiful among those which were preserved are classical castles of Karaczony family, mausoleum church and large grain warehouse opposite the older castle which upholds even today. The grain warehouse had the corn barn in its surroundings. The corn barn is the building for keeping corn. Thanks to Novi Bečej municipality and its citizens, the corn barn was made into the unique museum with original name “Kotarka”. The idea for restoration and renovation of this building and moving 4500 exhibits into the building, which were kept carefully from forgetting, was born in 1994.
The intensive collecting of exhibits continues even today. Reconstruction works are still going on. They started in 2001, and in 2006 the building with three exhibition rooms, plumbing, the office-depot were finished. The urban and architectural heritage of the development of Novi Miloševo was presented in the first hall: three parishes of which two are orthodox and one is catholic church, Karaczony family photos, old crafts and trade exhibits and children’s corner with items from everyday life of that period. There is a special place dedicated to fire department founded in 1889. Two replicas, bourgeois ball gown from the 19th century and Andor Karaczony’s servant uniform, are in this hall as well as photos and documents that belonged to two famous people from Miloševo: Dr. Đorđe Joanović, founder of Medical Faculty in Belgrade, and Teodor Pavlović, a journalist and a restorer of Matica Srpska.
In order to complete the story of the museum and the grain warehouse, the restoration and reorganization of the grain warehouse cellar is planned. Whether it will be a vintage tavern or a favorite martini and vodka, which the famous Jams Bond from Novo Miloševo used to drink, remains to be find out.
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