From Conan O'Brien
Address: 356 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill
Phone: 02 9627 6777
Hours: Open Wed–Fri 10am–4pm, Open daily during NSW school holidays Tours: 11am–2pm
Lego Exhibition on display through May 2018.
Rouse Hill House symbolises an era which, bit by bit, is vanishing. Poised on a high hill overlooking Windsor Road, the house and sprawling farmlands are reminders of the rural environment that defined the agrarian lifestyle of colonial settlers. Richard Rouse built his large home and sprawling farm in 1813 and now kids can learn about that farm life - feed the chickens, collect eggs, churn butter, grind corn and see farm animals up close. These are activities the Rouse family would have considered work!
The one-room school is where children learned their numbers, practiced reading, and girls probably learned a bit of sewing. Today, kids are amazed at the 'low tech' tools and how children of the 1800s survived without mobile devices. In 1831, schoolmasters could mete out punishment to a naughty child — another concept of past years!
The 'elegant' stables speak volumes about the wealth of the Rouse family at that time. A bath house (near the main house) would have been unimagined by most settlers of the period. When planting long living Moreton Bay Fig trees, Hannah Rouse would not have considered the problems that a huge root bed might create some 200 years later. The house and all its out-buildings are a study in archaeology and in preservation — perfect for dazzling young minds.
In 2017, a LEGO® 'explore and build' exhibition opened in the visitors' centre and a detailed model of the house and the surrounding buildings along with the farmyard animals was set up. Children, parents, grandparents, teachers and LEGO® enthusiasts have participated, creating with more than 200,000 tiny bricks their own houses and out-buildings.
The exhibition will continue through May 2018.