Elizabeth Farm

Elizabeth Farm

Once at the heart of a large estate, Elizabeth Farm was the home of John and Elizabeth Macarthur, and was an important social, political and agricultural centre during the first forty years after the establishment of the colony of New South Wales. Construction of the house commenced in 1793, and it remains the oldest surviving European building in Australia. Remodelled and extended in the 1820s, it is a typical early homestead, a single storey structure with encircling verandahs. The furnishings are largely reproduction, based on detailed research, and reflect the house's appearance and use in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. This simple and deliberately sparse approach allows visitors more access than normally possible in house museums. The house stands within a restored and replanted mid-nineteenth century garden.

Address: 
70 Alice Street, Rosehill, NSW
Tel: 
0296359488
Hours: 
Open daily 10.00am - 5.00pm, Closed Chrsitmas Day and Good Friday.
Admission: 
Members Free, General $7.00, Concession/Child $3.00, Family $17.00.
Facilities: 
Wheelchair access, small bookshop, tea rooms, guided tours, primary and secondary education programs, special events and venue hire.
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Building

Elizabeth Farm House

Description:
Early homestead with encircling verandahs, oldest surviving European building in Australia.
Date:
1793

Garden

Elizabeth Farm Garden

Description:
Restored and replanted mid-nineteenth century garden containing remnants of original Macarthur plantings and significant trees.
Date:
1790s