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Treasured houses to reopen after COVID closures

After being closed due to COVID, the National Trust (NSW) has today announced three heritage properties will reopen in the Hunter this weekend.

Grossmann and Brough House in Maitland and Miss Porter’s House in King Street, Newcastle West, are set to welcome back visitors on Sunday 8 November.

There will, however, be strict conditions, with tickets needing to be pre-booked and visiting times enforced.

“We have worked tirelessly to ensure the reopening of our properties in a way that is COVID-safe for our community, our staff and volunteers,” National Trust (NSW) Chief Executive Officer, Debbie Mills, said.

“We have thoroughly reviewed how and when we can open our doors whilst maintaining required physical distancing and hygiene management to ensure our visitors are safe.

“We are thrilled to welcome visitors back to these beautiful heritage properties this month and in advance of the Christmas and summer holidays.”

Grossmann and Brough House will be open from 10am to 3pm, with timed entry for visitors.

Grossman and Brough House Chairperson, Holly McNamee, said it was an exciting moment after such a long closure.

“An added bonus to the visit is the Georgian Glass exhibition, which is on display downstairs at Grossmann House, where our visitors can see many fine pieces of glassware from the Dean Havelberg collection,” she said.

Brough House will also open its doors, with a display of local sporting history titled ‘Winning isn’t Everything’ for a small entrance fee of $5 for adults.

This display has been put together by the Maitland Regional Museum and the Museum of Clothing.

Miss Porter’s House is set to welcome visitors from 1pm to 4pm.

Built by the Porters in 1909, the family lived in this freestanding Edwardian terrace until 1997, when they left it to the National Trust with all its contents intact.

“We look forward to welcoming the community back to the property and sharing the story of the Porter family, its Edwardian terrace house and a century of household memorabilia,” National Trust’s Chairperson at Miss Porter’s House, Annabel Senior, said.

You can see what it’s like recycling 1940s style at Miss Porter’s House Museum. Florence, Ella and Hazel Porter made, mended and recycled soap, shoes, furniture, flour bags, and much more.

Tickets for these houses can be pre-booked through Eventbrite.

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