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She'll be apples mate
Visit the Blacksmith Shop at Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum (Image Supplied)
The Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum is operated by the Tea Tree Gully branch of the National Trust of South Australia and is located in the old Highercombe Hotel. The hotel first opened in 1854 and over the years has served as a community meeting room, a post office, a school room, and residence for postal officers, teachers and a private family.
Once known as the Old Highercombe Hotel Museum, the museum changed its name to Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum in 2015. The two storey stone building has thirteen themed rooms displaying the domestic lifestyle of yesteryear, and the museum is well known for an active program of family entertainment and events which run throughout the year.
Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum (Image: SA Community History)
Autumn is the time of year to harvest the apples which are ripe for picking, and on Sunday April 15, 2018, the Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum is hosting an Apple Festival from 11am until 4pm. There are lots of fun things to do at the museum on the day that are apple-themed, in addition to all the normal museum attractions.
Activities for kids include fun with apple art, science and crafts. Apple-themed games will be everywhere - take up the William Tell challenge, find the worm in the apple and try some tasty apple piņata. You won't want to miss the museum's delicious apple pie, apple cider or apple juice. If apples are really not your thing, then you'll love the freshly baked cakes and slices, with freshly brewed delicious coffee and tea on tap. Stay for lunch at the Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum sausage sizzle and there will be more mouth-watering surprises in store on the day.
Of course, you won't want to spend the whole day eating - the Apple Festival is celebrating all things apple, including the biggest apple ever. Apples have been produced in the area since the early days of the colony, and the museum pays homage to local pioneering apple producers - you must see their antique apple corer peeler in action. Discover some interesting apple facts but beware: an apple a day does not keep the doctor away.
Take time out to browse through the museum, outdoor pavilions, original police cell and blacksmith shop where a real live blacksmith will be working. There's also a new display on transport, an assortment of horse-drawn farming implements to be viewed on the grounds, and you can wander through beautifully kept gardens.
Don't Miss the Apple Pie at the Apple Festival (Image Supplied)
Find out more about the Apple Festival at Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum on the museum web page and on their Facebook page. There's also a Facebook event page for the Apple Festival, which is part of the Australian Heritage Festival brought to you by the National Trust of South Australia.