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If walls could talk, what splendid tales would usher forth from the rooms where six generations of Rouse descendants lived. They would speak of fortunes gained and marriages made. They would cry of desperate times and lost love. They would whisper about a murder. The Rouse Hill House and Farm invites you to hear these stories and more, each Saturday and Sunday in August.
One of the most important historic homes in all of Australia is celebrating 200 years of traditions by breaking with them. Customarily, to view the estate guests have made bookings and been accompanied by a guide on their visit and of course paid an admission. This month the caretakers of the Rouse Hill House and Farm are inviting the public to celebrate with them by encouraging visitors to exploring the grounds at their leisure. They will also be giving guests a gift. Admission for the weekends in August, including September 1st, will be free.
The passionate historians of Rouse Hill House and Farm are excited to welcome you onto their estate that is seemingly frozen in time. Come spend your day with a quiet picnic on the elegant grounds or stroll the gardens while history comes alive all around you. Become a time traveller for a day. In the gazebo, you will find period costumes to try on. Perhaps, take a family photo there and make a little history of your own.
Colonial farm life is recreated through tours and hands-on experiences throughout the day. Take a backward glance while on the House and Stables Tour or the Farm Outbuildings Tour. For a more up close and personal experience, head over to the Visitor's Centre where a friendly farmhand will let you help him feed the cows and chooks. Other unique and educational experiences include lessons in the old school house and learning to sew bunting. There will be vintage kites ready to be flown and Colonial garden games played on the lawns as well.
Rouse Hill House and Farm gets started early. The house, stables and outbuildings can only be seen on a guided tour, so, be sure to check the schedule to avoid disappointment. The tour schedule is as follows: House and Stables (11am, noon, 1pm, and 2pm), Farm Outbuildings (11:30am, 1:30pm), Friendly Farmhand (10:45am, 1pm), School House Lesson (11:30am, 1:45pm) and Bunting Sewing (12:15pm, 2:30pm).