Glenalvon House is a piece of history, preserved in all its colonial glory, and visitors will be able to step back in time as they explore its period-furnished rooms, gardens, coach house and stable on Saturday, June 13, 2015, from 10am to 1pm.
The furnished, two-storey sandstone house provides a glimpse into Campbelltown’s days early in the 19th century as a small farming community accessible from the fledging colony of Sydney only by horse and cart.
Glenalvon House was built in 1840 by Michael Byrne, son of Hugh “Vesty” Byrne, an Irish rebel who was exiled to Australia. The historic house remains largely intact and is notable both architecturally as a Georgian townhouse and as a rare example of an extensive colonial residence.
Nine rooms are open to the public, including the drawing room, where ladies would read, sew and entertain themselves with music in colonial times, the library, which the master of the house would use as his study, the nursery with cots, books, baby clothes and toys from the time, and the children’s bedroom. An agricultural exhibition, featuring the actual tools used in colonial times, is also located on the site.
Glenalvon features an impressive period garden, a sandstone coach house and stables. Boasting smooth, golden stonework, the property is home to the Campbelltown and Airds Historical Society and visitors can inspect items from the Macarthur region’s colonial and farming history. The house is nestled in the heart of Campbelltown in the Macarthur region, 45 minutes south-west of the Sydney CBD.
Glenalvon House Open Day
Where: Glenalvon House, 8 Lithgow Street, Campbelltown
When: Saturday June 13, 2015, 10am – 1pm
Cost: Gold coin donation
For more information about Macarthur’s historic and rural attractions, special events, dining, accommodation and functions, and various school holiday activities visit the Destination Macarthur website – www.macarthur.com.au