Ivy Mount will be open to the public on Saturday, September 15

There will be a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the oldest houses in the Gerringong district on Saturday, September 15, when Wesley and Vicki Hindmarsh and family kindly open their home, Ivy Mount, to raise funds for Gerringong and District Historical Society.

The house was originally built by George Hindmarsh in 1875 to replace an earlier shack erected from cabbage tree palms.

Outside the house it is possible to see the original stone wall of the kitchen, and the charming cream shed. Inside are beautiful cedar doors, detailing, and furniture, and Wesley will have on display many family documents and artefacts from the mid nineteenth century.

George Hindmarsh was the eldest son of the earliest settlers in the area, Michael and Cecelia Hindmarsh, and was Wesley’s great grandfather. There are not many properties in NSW which have such continuous occupation by the one family.

Tours of the house will be held from 1-4pm on Saturday, September 15. Last entry will be at 3.30pm. The address is 24 Princes Highway, closer to Gerringong than Crooked River Winery on the slip road.

If driving from Gerringong, make your way down Belinda Street, go under the railway bridge and then the highway overpass. You can see Ivy Mount straight ahead. However turn left immediately, and the entry to Ivy Mount is the first on the right.

If travelling from Kiama, take the second Gerringong exit from the freeway, turn right under the highway bridge, and take the first turn left. Ivy Mount is the first entrance on the right.

There is ample parking at the back of the house.

Entry is $10, and includes afternoon tea. For more information call Bobbie on 0413 967 385 or Helen on 0417606116.