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Laurel Lodge - Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens

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Published September 5th 2013
A peek into an era long gone
Laurel Lodge is the oldest building on the Heritage Hill site.

Laurel Lodge Heritage Hill Museum Historic Gardens
The front of Laurel Lodge - Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens

It's a very old mansion that sits behind Benga house but faces onto Langhorne Rd. Two huge trees in the front yard of the old home almost hide the building from street view. The original house was built in 1869, and it has been owned and lived in by many people, and surrounded by gardens with a veggie patch at the rear of house. It now holds displays of antique artefacts which are put our on display for the public. In what once must have been the lounge, paintings are hung for public display usually based on some common theme. When I toured the house there was display of paintings all reflecting different aspects of the Dandenong area. A new display is due to start on the 20 September and will run until the 6th October and is entitled "Dandenong Then & Now" and has been put together by the Dandenong and District Historical Society and will commemorate 50 years of the Dandenong and District Historical Society.

The paintings were of course interesting but what I found really fascinating were the displays depicting everyday scenes of family life in the rooms.

Laurel Lodge Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens
The sign for the Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens


I went during the week; to get access of Laurel Lodge you may have to go to Benga house first if there is no-one about as this is where all the office staff sit and work and they are only to happy to take you through and explain everything to you. I believe on the weekends there are volunteers who dress up and will take you through either way you should enjoy the experience. If you have enough time try to visit both house, as the displays are quite different in each

One of the displays at Laurel Lodge - Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens
Display at Laurel Lodge - Heritage Hill Museum & Historic Gardens


Go along and see for yourself, it's free you've nothing to loose.
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When: Open to the public: Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 12pm-4pm
Phone: 9793 4511
Where: 66 McCrae Street, Dandenong (also accessible from Langhorne Street)
Cost: free
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I love these old houses!
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