Like in many villiges, towns and cities of Ukraine and in FSU countries, there is a war memorial in Novospkov dedicated to the heroes of the last world war.
Traditionally, we call that war the Great Pariotic War of 1941-1945.
The war memorial is in the main street - Lenin Street.
It is very impressive indeed.
Also, there is Heroes Park behind the war memorial.
Here you can see monuments to all the ten Heroes of the Soviet Union who came from Novopskov County.
You can see a statue of the Motherland holding a wreath of peace in her hands at the war memorial.
The inscription on the memorial plaque at the foot of the stature of Motherland reads,
To fellow villagers, soldiers of the Soviet Army,
who fell at the fronts of the Great Patriotic War
There are memorial plaque with the names of the Soviet soldiers and officers who died during the battles for the liberation of Novopskov from the Nazi invaders in 1943.
Also, there are names of the residents of the district who did not come back from the last war.
Here you can also see the Afghan war memorial plaque dedicated to the fellow countrymen who perished during that war.
The local lore museum of Novopskov Count is located at 18 Lenin Street.
The museum was founded in 1962 and moved to its present building in 1978.
It contains several halls with rich exhibitions, especially the ethnigraphic hall.
The museum is proud of its ethnographic collections: century-old women's attire and unique embroidered towels.
The local lore museum consists of two buildings: the main one at 18 Lenin Street and the neighboring one that serves as Free Village Area museum.
The town's leisure center was dedicated in 1958.
A bas-relief over the entrance has old Soviet symbols including a sheaf of wheat.
The building has a big hall where all concerts and shows take place.
There is a big coat-of-arms of the county on the first floor at the entrance to the hall.
The second floor is used for dances and shows too.
Also, the leisure center houses the county administration's culture and tourism department.
You can see a Lenin monument in the park next to the leisure center and a monument to a female farmer behind the building, in front of the dancing gounds.
In 1994 the local lore museum received a great new addition: the museum director purchased the neighboring old house that dates back to 1880.
The house belonged to the Vagins. After the death of the last representative of the Vagins, Maria Vagin, there were no heirs and the house was on sale. The museum director collected the necessary sum of money and, by hook or by crook, purchased the old house that was to be an ethnographic museum.
The Novopskov County ethnographic museum can be called Free Village Area museum
It depicts the traditional way of life of Free Village Area inhabitants of the 19th century.
The museum has a yard with an old well called zhuravel ("Stork").
There is an exhibition of old agricultural tools in the yard.
The entrance fee is/was 10 UAH.
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This park adjoins the club.
This is where young people can attend a dance when the weather is fine.
The disco grounds are behind the monument.
There is a very special monument here that glorifies farmers' labor - the monument
to the female farmer.
The young farmer lady is depicted sitting in front of a wheat field trimming her hair and getting ready for further work...
Also, you can see a huge birch-tree with a bench around it.
It's a meeting point of many young people here.
There is Chernobyl Memorial in Novopskov too.
It is located at the end of the Heroes memorial in Lenin Street.
Heroes Memorial is located behind the Second World war memorial.
It is dedicated to the ten war heroes who came from Novopskov County or used to live and work there before the war.
You can see ten monuments with a picture and the name of each hero.
The Afghan war memorial is a part of the war memorial in the main street.
It is not a separate monument like in many other towns and cities.
It's a black memorial plaque attached to the Second World war memorial.
The inscription has the names of two soldiers from Novopskov District who perished in the battles of that war.
The inscription on the memorial plaque reads, /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/
our fellow countrymen,
who fulfilled their internationalist duty to the end
in the Republic of Afghanistan
The local lore museum has a rich ethnographic collection like no other museum in Ukraine, especially the collection of women's clothes and embroidered towels.
You can see a wedding arch on one of the walls. It was traditional for weddings in Free Village Area in the 19th century.
Samples of century-old embroidered towels are exhibited in this hall too, among them:
- so-called album drawing towels (here - one with a bird) made by young peasant ladies who had found drawings in old fashionalble magazines;
- towels with vegetable ornament;
- towels with zoomorphic ornament (with figures of animals on them);
- towels with anthropomorphic ornament (with figures of men) - (VERY RARE IN UKRAINE!).
Like in many towns, villages and cities of Ukraine, Lenin Street is the main street in Novopskov.
It starts at the town's entrance sign located opposite the entrance to Pearl sanatorium and leads you to all the main sights.
The street ends at two bridges: one across the River Kamyanka and another one - across the River Aydar.