Oak Lodge

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.

Oak Lodge, Richmond, Tasmania


Miss Muriel Horsfall

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
  • Become an Oak Lodge volunteer
  • Join Oak Lodge, Richmond on Facebook
  • Come to an Oak Lodge event or book your own
  • Buy a limited edition Oak Lodge bronze medallion
  • Make a donation to preserve and manage Oak Lodge  (CRVHS account at Bendigo Community Bank Sorell, BSB 633-000  Acc # 148147291)
  • Contact us at info@coalriverhistory.org or phone (03) 6260 4153
Sketch of Oak Lodge by Kerry Dean

Sketch of Oak Lodge by Kerry Dean

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 explore each room and view numerous fascinating exhibits.

The house itself is a time capsule, with a lack of modern facilities that shows the lifestyles of the Booths, the Clarks, the Horsfall sisters and others who made Oak Lodge their home.

Step back in time when you enter the hallway adorned with stunning 1840s Gothic Revival wallpaper, walk into Dr Clark’s consulting rooms, go upstairs to the school room and Richmond history display, explore the cobblestone yard and heritage garden.

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.

Donations and in kind support are gratefully appreciated – contact us for more details.

All funds raised for Oak Lodge go to securing and maintaining the property for future generations.


One thought on “Oak Lodge

  1. Eric Hodgson
    01/04/2015 at 12:29 am

    My wife and I are from England and we visited Richmond a month ago. The Bridge and Oak Lodge were the highlights of the visit. The Lodge has stood as a silent witness to much of Richmond’s history. It really was like entering a time portal in that history was given physical form and one could easily imagine the lives of people living and working in what is now a sentinel from Richmond’s past. Congratulations to the volunteers associated with Oak Lodge, especially the informative and helpful lady who made us most welcome.