Undertaking a Heritage Walk is a great way to explore Maitland, Hunter Valley and its rich history. Heritage Walks are available for various towns within Maitland, Hunter Valley and pin-point significant buildings, outlining there history and previous uses. Copies of each of the Heritage Walks are available from the Maitland Visitor Information Centre.
The area of West Maitland (now know as Maitland) was settled by farmers from the early 1800s and continued to grow steadily from this point. The Central Maitland Heritage Walk will take you on a journey from the 1800s to today, outlining 25 of the most notable buildings in Maitland, including those that survived the 1955 flood. Explore the Maitland central business district to take a step back in time.
East Maitland, as a township of the wider Maitland area was officially proclaimed on 1833. Spaciously laid out and dominated by imposing and solidly- constructed architecture and buildings, 28 sites within East Maitland are covered within the East Maitland Heritage Walk. These include the Maitland Gaol, now open for regular tours and other influential government buildings of their time.
During the 1830s and 1840s Morpeth became the Hunter Valley’s major port, it was at this time a number of major buildings, such as St. James’ Church and Taylor’s Bond Stores were constructed. The town flourished and by 1865 river trade was booming, leading to more significant buildings being built. The Morpeth Heritage Walk takes you to 35 of these sites as you uncover the spirit of Morpeth, its cobbled streets and friendly locals.
Lovingly know as the “garden suburb” Lorn is an important historical example of a private township in which the founder and his families’ homes existed within the township boundaries. The Lorn Heritage Walk covers 34 original dwellings, cottages and businesses which help to make up this intricately exquisite neighbourhood. The walk also discusses family history and plans of streets and gardens dating to 1911.