The Woodford Academy holds the esteemed title of being the oldest complex of colonial buildings in the Blue Mountains and is considered to be of great state heritage significance. Originally constructed as an Inn during the 1830s, this property boasts a fascinating and diverse history.
Throughout the years, it has served as a gentleman's residence, guest house, boarding house, and from 1907-1936, under the ownership of John McManamey, it functioned as an exclusive school known as Woodford Academy.
In a thrilling turn of events, a remarkable 17th century Dutch Master painting was recently discovered within Woodford's extensive art collection, adding another layer of intrigue to this already captivating location.
The Woodford Academy was generously bequeathed to the National Trust in 1979 by Gertrude, the sole surviving daughter of John McManamey. Today, the academy has been transformed into a museum that not only provides visitors with a unique glimpse into colonial life in the Blue Mountains, but also offers an opportunity to engage with the vibrant Blue Mountains community.
This is made possible through an innovative program of site-specific art events, performances, and thought-provoking talks, which are held during the monthly open days.
It is important to note that the Woodford Academy takes the security of its valuable assets seriously. On-site security measures are in place to ensure the safety of the premises. Due to the significance and value of the Dutch Master painting, it is not stored on the property.
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