Beechworth Echoes of History walk

Ford St, Beechworth

Beechworth Echoes of History walk

Ford St, Beechworth
Staff Pick
18 m
1.26 km
Very Easy

Summary

Historic buildings walk along Ford St, Beechworth

Beechworth Echoes of History walk

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Start at the Visitor Information Centre and Town Hall and pick up the 'Beechworth Echoes of History' leaflet. Follow the history pavement plaques outside the buildings along Ford St. Many have been re-purposed but are preserved for their historic significance.

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Points of Interest

1. Visitor Information Centre and Town Hall

The original Shire Offices were built in 1858 and the Shire Hall in 1859.

2. Former Presbyterian Church

Now a Uniting Church, the former Presbyterian Church was opened in 1858.

3. Town Hall Gardens

These gardens have been public open space since 1857. Originally planted from trees and seeds sent from Baron Sir Ferdinand von Mueller, director of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne.

4. Burke Museum

Originally built as the Beechworth Athenaeum in 1857, The Burke Museum is one of Australia’s oldest museums.

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5. HM Prison Beechworth

The granite gaol was built from 1858-64 and housed 35 male and 5 female prisoners. It is now privately owned.

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6. Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct

In this area is the Police Stables (1870-71), wooden lock up (1880) and stone lock up (1867).

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7. Gold Warden's Office & Chinese Protector's Office

Part of the Beechworth Historic and Cultural Precinct.

8. Bank of Victoria 1867

Now known as Beechworth Gold, it still retains the original gold vault.

9. Tanswell's Commercial Hotel

Thomas Tanswell replaced the original wooden structure with the brick building you see today in 1871.

10. Post Office

The original post office was rebuilt in 1867 with the bell and clock tower as you see it now.

Features

Historical Interest Historical Interest
Local Treasures Local Treasures
Public Transport Public Transport
Drinking Water Available Drinking Water Available
Seating Available Seating Available
Pram friendly Pram friendly

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