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Heritage & Historical Sites Around Campbelltown

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published April 22nd 2015
Heritage and history is certainly at every corner
Campbelltown certainly does have an impressive portfolio of heritage and historical sites and buildings that date back to the early 1800s.

There are many small cottages, striking mansions and manors, colonial architecture and spectacular features of examples of Victorian Georgian Colonial and Gothic styled architecture to discover throughout Campbelltown.

Below is a list of these historical and heritage sites that will certainly please everyone, whether you are a historical enthusiast or an architecture buff.

1. Wivenhoe House Historic Property
When: First Sunday of the Month (Feb-Nov): 10am-3pm
Where: Macquarie Grove Rd, Kirkham
Cost: $5 donation.
Details: Charles Cowper built "Wivenhoe" on the 600 acres granted to his father Rev William Cowper in 1812. It was named after Charles wife's home in England and the house was completed in 1838. The house has been added and extended over the years, which includes stables, enclosed courtyard, coach house and servants quarters. By 1873, the house area increased to approx 950 acres that included an extensive vineyard and beautifully landscaped grounds. Certainly worth a visit... Click here for website.

2. Menangle House Historic Property
When: See website.
Where: 170 Menangle Rd, Menangle Park
Cost: Check website.
Details: Built around 1839 by George Taber. The building originally operated as a public bar from 1839 to 1844 and was divided into two sections- one for the lower class and one for the upper, a library was also located on the lower level of the inn but only available to the upper class. Today the house is surrounded with landscaped gardens and operates as a restaurant with private courtyards and function facilities, there is also a museum offering history and photographs from the 1800s & 1900s. Tours are available by appointment only. Click here for website.

3. John Oxley Cottage Historic Property
When: All year round
Where: Camden Valley Way, Elderslie
Cost: Free
Details: John Oxley Cottage was built on land that was originally part of the grant made by Governor Lachlan Macquarie to John Oxley in 1815. There is no record of the original builder of this interesting cottage; however, it is thought to be built in the 1890s as part of a row of similar cottages along the road into Camden.

4. Cobbitty Village
When: All year round markets see below for information.
Where: Cobbitty Rd, Cobbitty
Cost: Free
Details: This village is nestled on the Nepean River and attracts much interest due to the lush country views and the beautiful historic buildings. You can stroll through the markets (held first Saturday of the Month: 8am-1pm) and admire the historical buildings

5. Camden Valley Inn Historic Property
When: All year round. see website for full details.
Where: 290 Remembrance Drive, Camden Park
Cost: See website for all prices.
Details: Built in the early 1930's originally as a milk bar, the 'Camden Inn' was built to promote the pure and wholesome milk of Camden Park and today the inn has changed from milk bar to restaurant and a luxury hotel inn. Click here for website.

6. Camden Park House Historic Property
When: Third weekend in September.
Where: Elizabeth Macarthur Ave, Camden
Cost: Free
Details: The building and design of Camden Park House preoccupied the mind of John Macarthur in the last years of his life, and the property was established by his sons in 1832 and completed in 1835, a year after John's death. The house become one of the great mansions of Australia, and is still occupied by the Macarthur family.

7. Belgenny Farm
When: By Appointment.
Where: Elizabeth Macarthur Ave, Camden
Cost: See website.
Details: Dating back to 1805, this picturesque setting includes Belgenny Cottage built in 1820 and is the oldest surviving collection of farm buildings in Australia! Click here for website

8. Quondong Cottage
When: All year round.
Where: 15 Old Menangle Rd, Campbelltown
Cost: Free
Details: This was the first catholic school in Australia to be built from private subscription. The Catholic Church acquired the land in 1840. This Historic property is filled with history and local legend. This is a must add to the list of the historical sites to visit.

9. Macarthur Park
When: All year round.
Where: Menangle Rd, Camden
Cost: Free
Details: This beautiful park was opened in 1906 and has a number of different heritage and historical areas including the rose garden, the wisteria walk, the Cenotaph honouring World War I soldiers and a shelter built in 1913 in memory of Mrs Elizabeth Macarthur Onslow.

10. Glenalvon Campbelltown and Airds Historical Society
When: First & Third Monday of the Month, and second Saturday of the Month: 10am-1pm
Where: 8 Lithgow St, Campbelltown
Cost: Free
Details: Built in 1840, this exquisite Colonial Georgian townhouse is home to the Campbelltown and Airds Historical Society. You can wander through the beautiful historic property that showcases the agricultural heritage in the area, coach house, stables and heritage garden. The Society collects and preserves items and information to the history of the Campbelltown district. Click here for website

11. Camden Town Farm
When: All year round.
Where: Exeter St, Camden
Cost: Free
Details: This farm was originally a 52 hectare dairy farm and it still remains to be a working farm today. There are special events and Camden Produce Markets are held here.

12. Dredges Cottage
When: Tuesday & Friday: 9am-2:30pm
Where: 303 Queen St, Campbelltown
Cost: Free
Details: This is a Veterans Recreation Centre and is the only one of its kind in Australia! The Cottage features and displays memorabilia covering all theatres of conflicts from the Boar War in 1902 to Vietnam. It showcases late Victorian architecture and a memorial wall set in the grounds that records the names of local servicemen killed in action in two World Wars.
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Why? Explore the historical sites of Campbelltown and surroundings...
When: See above for all details
Where: See above for all address details
Cost: Free & ticketed- Check above
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Fantastic article, never knew there was so much history in that art of Sydney.
by jolie (score: 1|90) 1323 days ago
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