|Now known as Woodford Academy, this historic property has had a multi-layered use with parts of the building dating back to the 1830s. It is the oldest collection of buildings on the Blue Mountains, the basic structure being of sandstone.|
Among its many uses, it has been The Woodman Inn, The King’s Arms, Buss’s Inn, a gentleman’s residence, school for young gentlemen, day school for local children, guest house, boarding house and a private residence.
Thomas Pembroke, some years after release from his sentence completed the first buildings on the site, circa 1834 after he was granted two acres and later a further 48 acres. He used stone masons and timber splitters to construct a building which may have later become the schoolroom, Fairfax sitting room and the three small adjoining rooms.
Woodford Academy stands close to the place where William and Mary James ran a “sly grog” shop for people travelling through the mountains on their way to Bathurst and further inland to settle on the land. In the 1850s itbecame a stopover for people on their way to the goldfields in search of their fortunes.