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The Village, Historic Loxton

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by Susie Hass (subscribe)
A lover of good food, dining, movies and historical buildings
Published January 20th 2017
Experience old world charm
South Australia's Riverland region has an abundance of attractions and places to visit. The drive from Adelaide is pleasant and only takes approximately 3 hours. The Truro Bakery at Truro is a great pit stop between Adelaide and the Riverland. We stopped at this very busy bakery for lunch and also picked up some delicious baked goods to take with us.

While in Renmark, some friendly locals told us one of the landmarks that we had to see was Frank Turton, the Chook Man's, houseboat "Thewillitsinkorwontit"- so we enjoyed dinner at the club by the river Murray and walked a few metres along the river to see the Chook Man's eclectic houseboat. Apparently everything on the boat has a memory for Frank Turton, otherwise known as the Chook Man.

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The Chook Man's houseboat "Thewillitsinkorwantit"


My favourite experience was visiting the Loxton Historical Village which is set up as a replica village from the late 1890's.

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Historical Village Loxton


Allow plenty of time when you visit, as the village has over 45 fully furnished buildings and displays with audio playing in the background of many buildings telling a story of the display.

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Historic Village Loxton - Blacksmiths tools on display inside


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Laundry room display at Historic Village Loxton


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Cash register with cash and charge drawers - Historical Village Loxton


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Historic Village Loxton


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Milk delivery cart - Historic Village Loxton


The village has vintage machinery and cars on display, along with a replica school building, homes, bakery, bank, blacksmith, printer, motor garage, dentist, and village institute, all complete with exhibits and memorabilia.

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Historic Village Loxton display


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Vintage farm machinery - Historic Village Loxton


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Classroom display - Historic Village Loxton


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One of the printing press displays at Historic Village Loxton


I was fascinated by some of the items, such as the rules for teachers, dental equipment, huge blacksmith's bellows, and the original fire station doors now on the garage at the village.

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Rules for teachers in 1872 -Historic Village Loxton


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Historic Village Loxton display


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Vintage telephone - Historic Village Loxton display


A corrugated iron hut called a Nissen Hut displays the living quarters for returned servicemen and their families and shows what living conditions were like at the time.

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Nissen Hut -Historic Village Loxton


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Nissen Hut interior - Historic Village Loxton


The Historic Village is at Allen Hosking Drive, Loxton, SA 5333 and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. The village is closed on Mondays, Good Friday and Christmas Day

Admission Entry Prices are:
Adults - $14.00
Children (4-14 years) - $8.00
Children under 4 years - Free
Pensioner - $12.50
Family (2 adults, 3 children) - $37.00
Group Entry (12 people) - $10.00 per person
(4 years and under free entry - excludes education/group visits)

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Historic Village Loxton display


Note: Opening times and admission prices may change so it might be best to contact the Village Historic Loxton prior to visiting.

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Historic Village Loxton display
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Why? Experience historical village life
When: Tuesday to Sunday 11 am to 3 pm
Phone: 08 8584 7194
Where: Village Historic Loxton, Allen Hosking Drive, Loxton, SA 5333
Cost: Varies
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