These days Ravensthorpe at Albion Park is a popular guesthouse and restaurant, but not everyone knows the homestead was built in 1893 for the first physician in Albion Park, Dr Arthur Wigley Bateman, as a home for himself, his wife and their 11 children.
Dr Bateman practised medicine in a surgery that has now become a bridal cottage.
The historical significance of Ravensthorpe and 49 other historic sites in Shellharbour City will be explored as part of a guided bus tour during History Week next month.
Tongarra Museum curator Tamara Hynd said Shellharbour had a rich history and people could still see aspects of that today.
‘‘That includes our Aboriginal heritage as well as the pioneering age,’’ she said.
Ms Hynd said the tour was an opportunity for people to connect with Shellharbour’s past, providing invaluable information and giving a better understanding of what makes the area unique.
The tour will take in sites including the Carmody family farm at Wentworth Cottage Park, Blackbutt and the Minnamurra Schoolhouse at Dunmore.
History Week runs from September 8 to 16, the tour taking place next Wednesday, from 10am to 12.30pm. The tour costs $5 a person. Bookings are essential from Warilla library on 42972522.