Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ebenezer Church

Ebenezer Church sits alongside the Hawkesbury River at Ebenezer and is the oldest surviving church in Australia (built in 1809 by 15 pioneer families who arrived on the Coromandel) as well as the oldest extant school building. Nearby grows the shattered remainder of a huge tree under which the pioneers first worshipped. There's a tiny museum in the former schoolmaster's house, with the steepest stairs in the land leading to attic rooms occupied by original furniture, such as an ancient single bed complete with patchwork quilt and chamber pot.

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