Following a successful tour of Aberdeen, the Friends of Grossman House will now soak up Denman's hospitality

Jeff Wolfgang at the Denman and District Heritage Village.
Jeff Wolfgang at the Denman and District Heritage Village.

JEFF Wolfgang's unique collection is legendary in these parts.

Now, a group from Maitland will venture to Denman this month to not only discover his plethora of relics first-hand, but to soak up the Upper Hunter town's hospitality, too.

Following on from a very successful tour of Aberdeen in 2018, the Friends of Grossman House has organised another expedition to introduce more visitors to the area - and give locals a chance to enjoy a relaxed "look around".

"We're a National Trust of NSW house committee, which coordinates fundraising events to help with the ongoing maintenance of two Maitland Trust properties - Grossmann and Brough houses in Church Street," chairperson Holly McNamee said.

"Built in 1870 by Maitland merchants Isaac Beckett and Samuel Owen as their very comfortable homes, the buildings then became Maitland Girls High School and the hostel for country girls, before the National Trust took on the custodianship in the 1960s.

"We know Denman boasts wineries, horse studs and plenty of history, so that's why we're heading there on Sunday, June 16.

"Our trip includes a visit to the Denman and District Heritage Village site at 10am.

"We'll have morning tea and check out the fascinating collection of artefacts, put together by well-known local Jeff Wolfgang.

"We've heard it's pretty amazing.

"A self-guided walk can be taken along the main street, which is still reasonably intact after a major fire in 1928, before lunch or afterwards.

"A special luncheon is also planned at the Balmoral Homestead.

"It'll follow a tour of this magnificent house, home to the well-known Bowman family for many generations.

"Visitors will be able to arrive at the property - 310 Denman Road - at noon.

"Returning to Denman, we'll explore the beautiful Horbury Hunt-designed St Matthias Anglican Church on Palace Street, as well as the James Barnet Courthouse (recently converted to a B&B establishment) with a timber cellblock and sergeants quarters at the rear.

"Both properties will be open.

"The day will conclude about 3.30pm."

The cost, $40/$35 for National Trust members and concession, includes morning tea and entrance to the Denman and District Heritage Village.

Bookings are essential, so phone Lynn on 4932 0518.