A chance to see learn more about Stroud attracted people from Canada, Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle, Dungog, Stroud, and the surrounding Great Lakes area.
On Sunday 30 April Stroud and District Historical Society president, Rodney Gorton, guided more than 60 people on a walking tour of Stroud’s historical points of interest.
The tour started at Silo Hill with homemade goodies for morning tea followed by an introduction to Stroud’s European history and how it fits into the early colonial days of Australia.
From Silo Hill the group walked down to the Quambi House Museum, followed by an entertaining history talk by Ken Stone, author and historian, on the story of Thornleigh House.
The next stop was St John’s Church where their historian, Elizabeth, gave an interesting talk on the history of the church and how it contributed to the history of Stroud, including a little romance.
The group then walked down to the post office and Stroud House, with Rodney discussing the history of the buildings, including The Central Hotel.
The tour finished at Stroud Courthouse with a little of its history and an update on their involvement in the McCaskill Murder investigation that is ongoing.
“Everyone then enjoyed a sausage sizzle and a blacksmithing demonstration by Rodney and his son,” said Tess Hilleard from the Society.
“It was an amazing day – way bigger than the small Locals Day we expected.
“New friendships were formed, new volunteers were signed up, connections were made with family historians, and locals met new locals.”
If you would like to join the Historical Society or make a new time to visit our buildings, buildings are open most Sundays from 11am to 3pm.