Celebrate Maitland Heritage Fest with a visit to historic Grossmann House, open for special tours,
Grossmann House will be open for tours led by suitably dressed guides at the special rate of $5 per head for the Maitland Heritage Fest weekend only, and refreshments will be on offer to be enjoyed in the relaxing gardens.
This immaculately restored home capture the prosperity of Victorian-era Maitland. Housed within is an extensive collection of 19th century costumes and textiles related to local life and industry.
Grossmann House was built in 1870-71 by the merchant Isaac Beckett. It adjoins Brough House, built as a mirror image by Beckett’s business partner, Samuel Owen. The buildings are thought to have been designed by local architect William White. It is interesting to note that the main entrance to each residence is originally located on opposing sides rather than at the front, to give a degree of privacy for the owners – although the two families shared a common laundry.
Maitland at that time was Australia’s largest inland town, and the commercial heart of the prosperous Hunter Region. Beckett and Owen arrived from England in 1838, and quickly diversified their High Street business to become ‘General Merchants, Tailors and Woolbrokers, Wine, Spirit and Tobacco Merchants’.
How to book your tickets
National Trust members (and children under 5 yrs) – free, adults – $5, concession -$5
Book via Eventbrite, where possible, to guarantee a spot.
Brough House will be open also for a look at what is happening in the Fibre Maker’s Space upstairs, and the exhibition of textile work by artist in residence Ellen Howell. This exhibition will be the result of the 3 month residency this artist has spent with the Grossmann Collection and gardens providing much of the inspiration.
Entry is free. A donation box will be available for those who wish to contribute