- Published: Thursday, 21 July 2016 12:07
Huge Clydesdale horses will once again work at Tocal Homestead, as the sights and sounds of days-gone-by come alive at 'Peek Into The Past' on Sunday 31st July. The blacksmith will be busy at the forge and the sheep will be shorn as the smell of fresh baked scones in the old wood stove wafts from the kitchen.
Visitors need to keep an eye out for the 'redcoats' of the soldiers of the 73rd Regiment of Foot . They will fire their muskets and march through the site - keeping King's peace, as they did in Newcastle in 1813. There is an open invitation to visit their encampment and chat with the soldier's families as well.
If that is not enough visitors can pat the donkeys; watch the old tractors and vintage machinery underway; enjoy some damper cooked in the campfire, dripping with golden syrup; then try out their skills at croquet or bush billiards. The children love to watch the calf feeding, while their parents listen to the rollicking stories of the bush poet.
"This is the only day of the year all these skills, crafts and activities come together at the Homestead," Mr Darren Bayley, Director of Tocal Agricultural Centre said, "It's a great family day out, with loads of nostalgia for the older folk and plenty to interest the younger family members."
Delicious refreshments are available on the day or visitors can bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden. Tocal Homestead can be found at 957 Tocal Road, Paterson.
Gates open from 10am and close 3pm. Admission is $10 adults, $8 for concession. School aged children are free.
Contact: Sandra Earle
Office hours 4939 8901
After hours 4988 6454 or 0432 280 789