Visit the 19th Century Camden Park Historic Mansion, Only Open Once a Year
One of Sydney’s oldest and most intact historic mansions will host a rare open weekend on September 16 and 17, 2017.
Located in the historic Macarthur region, the 186-year- old Camden Park House opens its doors to the public just one weekend per year, as it is still the home of the descendants of the pioneering Macarthur family which built the colonial mansion.
The weekend will see more than 2000 people flock to the historic house and gardens to get a taste of colonial life as they make their way through the dining rooms, drawing rooms, servants’ quarters and stables. With 80 rooms, many of which have their original furnishings, the Georgian mansion is impressive both architecturally and historically, and has been used as a location for films including the 1970 adaption of ‘My Brilliant Career’ starring Sam Neill.
In addition to guided tours of the house and garden, activities on offer over the weekend include history talks, Devonshire teas, BBQ, gift and plant stalls, and a display by the Australian Armoured Vehicles Association.
In 1835, pioneer John Macarthur – after whom the region is named – commissioned architect John Verge to design a house suitable for his family – one of the colony’s most prominent and wealthy clans at the time. The grand sandstone house was built by convicts assigned to the Macarthurs while the family lived at nearby Belgenny Farm. However, Macarthur died before the construction was completed in 1935 and his sons James and William Macarthur instead took up occupancy in the new house.
Verge's striking Palladian design has stood the test of time as the house remains today largely as it was built.
The mansion will be open from 12pm – 4pm on Saturday, September 16 and 10am – 4pm on Sunday, September 17, 2017, as part of the Camden Festival.
Camden Park House Open Weekend
Address: Elizabeth Macarthur Ave, Camden, in Macarthur.
When: 12pm – 4pm on Saturday, September 19 and 10am – 4pm on Sunday September 20
Cost: House and garden tours $15 for adults, $12 for concessions and $40 per family. $10 for garden tours
only. Tickets available at the door.
More info: Ph 4655 8466 or visit www.macarthur.com.au