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Step back in time at Glenalvon House Historic House Open Days – Saturdays, November 5 and 12 and Monday Nov 7 – FREE

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Visitors to the Macarthur region can step from the streets of modern Campbelltown into a 176-year-old Georgian townhouse and catch a glimpse of early colonial life.

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Historic Glenalvon House will open its doors to the public on Saturdays, November 5 and 12 and also Monday, November 7 from 10am to 1pm. Entry is free.  The November 12 open day is a special event timed to coincide with the Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Street Fair.

The period-furnished, two-storey sandstone house is nestled right in the heart of Campbelltown and yet remains largely preserved, allowing guests to gain an insight into Campbelltown’s early days in the 19th century as a small farming community.

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 is notable both architecturally and historically, with the National Trust describing it as “an exceptional two-storied sandstone home of colonial Georgian design”.

Twelve rooms are open to the public, including the dining room, the library, the nursery and the servants’ quarters. An agricultural exhibition, featuring the actual tools used in colonial times, is also located on the site.

The picturesque 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 located in Campbelltown in the Macarthur region, 45 minutes south-west of the Sydney CBD.

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