Oak Lodge at 18 Bridge Street, Richmond is a highly regarded Georgian house in largely original condition, owned by the National Trust and run as a local museum by Coal River Valley Historical Society volunteers.
In 1998 the elderly Miss Muriel Horsfall gifted Oak Lodge to the National Trust to be run as a museum for the benefit of the Richmond community and visitors.
In 2013 the National Trust had planned to sell Oak Lodge to service significant Trust debts.
After a spirited community campaign, the Trust is now keeping the property on condition that self-sufficient management plans are set in place by the Richmond community.
Through CRVHS, the Richmond community is retaining Oak Lodge under local control, long term – for the community, for our many visitors and for future generations.
We need your help to care for Oak Lodge – visit, volunteer, donate, enjoy!
How you can help:
- Visit Oak Lodge at 18 Bridge Street, Richmond, open daily 11.30am-3.30pm or by appointment
- Join the Coal River Valley Historical Society for just $10
- Nominate for the CRVHS Committee or the Oak Lodge Management Committee
- Buy a limited edition Oak Lodge bronze medallion
- Join Oak Lodge, Richmond on Facebook
- Come to an Oak Lodge event or book your own
- Become an Oak Lodge volunteer
- Make a donation to preserve and manage Oak Lodge (CRVHS account at Bendigo Community Bank Sorell, BSB 633-000 Acc # 148147291)
- Contact us at email@example.com or phone (03) 6260 4153
Built in 1831, Oak Lodge is in largely original condition, down to the cellar, unique staircases, door locks and cedar joinery, original cobblestone paths, stables and garden.
The National Trust owns the property but with a strong moral obligation to fulfill Miss Horsfall’s wishes and keep the property as a living museum open to the public.
Since 2001 Coal River Valley Historical Society volunteers have cared for and maintained Oak Lodge as a local museum for the village and district, with displays illustrating the early years of Richmond, Dr Clark’s consulting rooms and an early school room.
Oak Lodge is the only historic home open to the public in Richmond – a home that was built and lived in by everyday, successful people – where visitors can enter each room and handle most of the exhibits.
The lack of modern facilities in the property would make it difficult to upgrade to current domestic standards without compromising the heritage values.
Thanks to our volunteers, and with your help, we are staying true to Miss Horsfall’s wishes and retaining Oak Lodge for the community and our many visitors, now and for future generations.