Homestead opens up

IN A rare event Tomago House will open its doors for a candlelight history tour this month showcasing the grand heritage of the homestead.

To take place on Saturday, May 11 the event, called Tomago By Torchlight, will be held in conjunction with Newcastle Ghost Tours.

Built in the early 1840s by Richard Windeyer and his wife Maria, the home was once the centrepiece of a grand agricultural estate.

Nowadays the National Trust owns the site and custodian Lynda Prescott along with the Friends of Tomago House (FOTH) committee look after the historical building.

Included in the Tomago By Torchlight tickets is a candlelight tour of the house by the custodian and FOTH, followed by "lights out" time for individuals to explore the house with Newcastle Ghost Tours.

The tour and "lights out" time will be followed by a candlelit vintage supper in the dining room by the fire.

Two exclusive tours have been scheduled, the first on May 11 with the second date to be advised.

Tickets are limited and bookings are essential. Those interested in taking part can contact Tomago House on 4964 8959.

The Examiner has two tickets, worth $65 each, to give away. Those wanting to enter the competition can send their name, phone number and answer to the question - Who were the original owners of Tomago House? - to sarah.price@fairfaxmedia.com.au by Wednesday, May 8.

The house is also hosting a Mother's Day vintage high tea on Sunday, May 12. Bookings are essential.

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