Historic mansion celebrates 175 years of Mt Barker!

The Laurels Estate, one of South Australia’s oldest and grandest homes, will proudly open its doors to visitors on April 6th as part of Mt Barker’s 175th birthday celebrations.

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Organised in conjunction with The District Council of Mt Barker, the event will be hosted by Mayor Ann Ferguson and will include an afternoon tea, live music by the Maple String Quartet and the presentation of a time capsule and commemoration plaque.
Perched high on the hill amongst lofty trees and beautiful gardens, The Laurels mansion provides a stunning location for festivities. Its majestic, old-world stone frame, charming filigree balconies and high cathedral ceilings evoke a strong sense of history and its grounds truly come alive when adorned in brightly coloured autumn leaves.
The Laurels was built between 1857 and 1864 and was originally the residence of John Dunn. Dunn operated a highly successful steam milling business in the area as well as being a trusted local Member of Parliament. He is now remembered as one of Mt Barker’s treasured ‘founding fathers’ and would surely be thrilled to know his precious home lives on.
The beautiful location of The Laurels continues to be enjoyed daily as the community hub for retirees at The Laurels Retirement Village. Residents spend time inside its beautifully renovated interior playing billiards, chatting while relaxing on the lounge chairs or reading in the library.

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