Cecelia's articles are illustrated by Allan who enjoys photography. Cecelia is also the author of: "Silver Springtime", "All for Love", "Mystic Evermore" and the new release: "Faith and Love". https://creativearts2009-picturefiles.blogspot.com/
Published May 1st 2017
Historic buildings with neat parks for visitors to enjoy
Snowtown is situated approximately 148 kilometres north of Adelaide, and is quite accessible for a day trip or weekend escape. The town charter was pronounced by the Governor of South Australia, Sir William Jervois, in 1878. It was named after the Snow family who had settled and worked the York Peninsula. Like many rural towns in South Australia, Snowtown was once an important regional centre. Today it still boasts a hospital with aged care focus, hotel, school, police station, fire brigade and small shops.
Fourth Street former shopping precinct - Photo by Allan
Snowtown developed from a small settlement along the railway line and several large farms, and the importance of the railway line to the town can be seen today as the main street is called "Railway Terrace East". The opposite side of the Railway line is bordered by "Railway Terrace West" which is residential.
Fourth Street runs at right angles to Railway Terrace East and appears to represent the former central business district and shopping precinct. The corner stores have been nicely restored and house antique-curiosity type goods. I think I may have seen a newsagent or gift shop further down the street and there may have been a small delicatessen or café still in operation. I am not sure about their opening hours.
The Soldiers' Memorial Hall is a beautiful old building. It was buiIt around 1919. The Memorial Hall has a small parking lot and a beautifully manicured rose garden has been planted next door. The Rose Garden also features a mural on the boundary building wall, and a historic plough is parked at the rear.
The historic Snowtown Hotel stands in pride of place next at 52 Railway Terrace East. This hotel replaced the old pub established in 1868. It has been refurbished and offers accommodation and meals to this day. The small IGA next door can provide most groceries and emergency supplies for residents and visitors to the area.
Snowtown is located in a productive area between the Mt Lofty Ranges and the Barunga Range. The fertile land surrounding the town is ideal for agriculture, including wheat and sheep. The town has also enjoyed a new wave of industry due to the nearby placement of South Australia's biggest windfarm.