Bookbarn News

Cottage 13 August 2017 Open Day – Cancelled

We hope you won’t mind but we have decided to cancel our scheduled Open Day in the Cottage on Sunday, 13 August 2017.  Over the winter months, we have been working to present the Cottage to you in a more organised way – quite a bit of work is underway, more than we had anticipated.  Please pencil in your calendar “Sunday, 17th September 2017, 12 noon to 4.00 pm” – our next Open Day.  We’ll be looking forward to greeting you to our revitalised Cottage – still maintaining its elegance with...

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25 Years Anniversary.

  Late last month, on Sunday, 21 May 2017, we celebrated 25 years of our volunteers keeping the memory of the Blacksmith alive at our site in Bacchus Marsh.  A very enjoyable afternoon tea followed our special guest, Barbara Manly, a direct descendant of Thomas Manly, one of the blacksmiths who, in 1850, continued the business set up by Vere Quaile.  Members of the original Committee of Management were on hand to plant a tree to commemorate the occasion....

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2017 Australian Heritage Festival

  Once again, we are part of the Australian Heritage Festival.  Come and visit the Blacksmith’s Cottage and Forge – step back into the past when the ‘smithy was a going concern and the ‘smithy’s family lived in the adjoining Cottage.  In 2009 our Committee undertook an Oral History project, recording the voices of some of the district’s farming pioneers of the early 20th century, when the horse was the main source of transport and power and the Forge, the hub of the community.  During your visit you will hear their voices.  Watch a video of the ‘Marsh’s earlier days.  Volunteers will take you through the Cottage and Forge and tell you some of the stories from the past.  The experience will take you back into the days before modern technology, when water had to be fetched from the well and everything you ate, used or wore had to be made by hand.  Come and share some of these memories with us and revive your respect for those early pioneers who paved the...

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2017 Harvest Festival

The 2017 Harvest Festival will be celebrated throughout the ‘Marsh on Sunday, 17th March 2017. The Blacksmith’s Cottage will be joining the celebrations with a tempting display of local produce. Come and visit us, it will be an opportunity for you to walk through our Heritage listed buildings where a large portion of Bacchus Marsh’s history was “forged”.

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2016 Strawberries & Cherries weekend at the Cottage and Forge.

We are looking forward to your visit on Saturday, 19 November and/or Sunday 20 November between 10.00am and 4.00pm as you take a break from the joyous mayhem of Main Street’s food stalls and fun spaces during our fabulous Strawberries & Cherries weekend in the ‘Marsh. The Cottage and Forge will have a fabulous display of fine craft – the artwork of our local quilters.  They will also have many pieces for you to buy to add to your Christmas box or why not treat yourself;  you are sure to find a treasure you’ll appreciate for the days ahead. In the Forge Bookbarn, good quality pre-loved books are available, excellent for some quiet time during the summer months – yes, people still love reading books! We are looking forward to your...

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Saturdays 10-2
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