Monte Cristo Historical Homestead is an outstanding two-storey Georgian-style mansion set on a hillside which was built of red brick in 1884 by grazier, Christopher Crawley, who, in 1876, purchased land upon which the railway would pass. Also, the hotel and general store he built became the nucleus of the present townsite. Some time after this it gained a reputation as a haunted house, something it has traded on ever since.
The home has been faithfully restored in High Victorian style. It features wide balconies balanced on slender iron columns decorated with cast-iron lacework. There are excellent views from the upper verandah.
Privately owned by the Ryans, the mansion, stables and outbuildings now double as a museum with an attractive interior replete with antique (though not original) furniture, glassware and collectables.
Fondest memory: The stables and outbuildings contain an impressive collection of horse-drawn carriages and there is a resident wheelwright and carriage builder. The original 1876 homestead later became the servants' quarters.
The complex is located just off Kemp St (part of the Olympic Way) at the end of Monte Cristo Rd and it is open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m., tel: (02) 6924 1637
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