In 1845, Yorkshire born Reverend Thomas Sharpe acquired two Crown grant allotments in Russell Street, where he started building a three-bay bungalow of red Bathurst brick. A pious man, Sharpe was known for his charity to the poor and unceasing attention to the sick and dying.
When Sharpe died in 1877, his two sons inherited the house and it became a girls’ school known as Wyoming Lodge in 1896. The house later reverted to a private residence and passed through various families until it was eventually bought by Ida Traill in 1937 – the last resident of the house. Miss Traill bequeathed the house and contents to the National Trust in 1976, leading to the establishment of the house museum we know today.
How to get here
Miss Traill’s House is located at 321 Russell Street, Bathurst. It is a ten-minute walk from the town centre. There is also plenty of on-street parking on Russell Street.
Planning ahead is the best way to get the most out of your visit to Miss Traill’s House. Here, you’ll find answers to some of our most frequently-asked questions about visiting.
When should I visit?
Miss Traill’s House is a rare historic house to visit in Bathurst, with gardens that are ideal for picnics. In spring and summer the garden features an array of fragrant roses, while winter features stunning sprawls of Hellebores.
How much time do I need?
We recommend you allow at least one hour for your visit to Miss Traill’s House. Enquire with one of our friendly volunteers for a guided tour, or feel free to self explore.
Will children enjoy visiting?
Miss Traill’s House is a historic landmark in Bathurst and a great way to share local history with children. Young visitors will enjoy exploring the house and seeing what life was like throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. We also run an education program for schools that brings history to life for young students. To find out more about the education program at Miss Traill’s House, please visit our education page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I bring my pet?
Everyone is welcome at Miss Traill’s House, however we are unable to accommodate pets (excluding assistance animals). Thank you for understanding.
Can tour groups visit?
Groups are more than welcome at Miss Traill’s House. To book a group visit, email us at email@example.com
Is it wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the main part of the house is accessible for wheelchair access.