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Heritage

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Morpeth has a rich heritage and was instrumental in the development of the Hunter Valley. Morpeth is National Trust - classified and is a living museum with beautifully preserved buildings.

Known also by its Aboriginal name 'Illalung', Morpeth formed one third of a land grant made to Lieutenant Edward Charles Close by Governor Brisbane in 1821. Influenced by its desirable location on the Hunter River and the realisation of the area's immense potential, Morpeth evolved into a frontier town and busy river port. 

Morpeth's role as one of the most important river ports in New South Wales began in the 1820s and under the instruction of the Colonial Secretary, 1833 saw the development of the public wharf for Morpeth. Queens Wharf as it was named was to become a heavily frequented river port by settlers, merchants, mariners, timber getters and farmers. During its time as a major industrial and agricultural hub, Morpeth helped to lay the foundation for the development of the entire Hunter Valley. Whilst no longer famous for its primary industry, the Morpeth of today continues to thrive with many visitors exploring the township each year.

Explore the Heritage

During your visit to Morpeth take some time to explore the range of heritage sites and buildings or wander the Morpeth Heritage Walk at your leisure.

  • Morpeth Museum

    Morpeth Museum is located in the former Courthouse, centrally located in Swan Street. The State significant building was constructed in 1862 on land donated by Lt E Close – founder of Morpeth.

    Facilities

      • Disabled Access
      • Internet Access
      • Non-Smoking Establishment
  • Morpeth Sourdough

    Situated in the restored c. 1850 Historic Arnott Bakehouse is Morpeth Sourdough, offering fresh authentic sourdough.

    Facilities

      • Credit Cards Accepted
      • Non-Smoking Establishment
  • Anglican Parish of Morpeth

    The church is said to represent the fulfilment of a vow made by Edward Close. It was consecrated in 1840. The rectory and former school imparted a Christian focus to the village of Morpeth.
  • Hunter Valley Ghost Tours

    Guided walking tours of Morpeth and surrounding areas which includes ghost stories, strange forklore and local heritage.

    Facilities

    • Credit Cards Accepted
    • Entertainment
  • Morpeth Antique Centre

    The 190 year old Campbell’s Store building which faces the main street, has been transformed into a vintage trader’s paradise.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Credit Cards Accepted
    • Disabled Access
    • Restaurant/Café on Site
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