This is the main sign at Palmerville. Another four signs also tell of a fascinating past. Exotic plantings of three English oaks, Lombardy poplars, English elms and a bay laurel are located throughout the Palmerville site. The English oaks are potentially the oldest living specimens of their species in the ACT. The photograph below is of the Ginninderra Post Office.
How to get there?
From the Charnwood Homestead site, turn left into Kerrigan Street and left again into Tillyard Drive. Follow this through to Kuringa Drive. Turn right into Owen Dixon Drive. Palmerville Heritage Park is on your left.
From the Visitors Centre do a u-turn at the next lights and turn left at the Barton Highway. Continue for 6km and turn left at the large roundabout into William Slim Drive. At Owen Dixon Drive take the first turn right into the Palmerville Heritage Park.
Why is this interesting?
The Palmerville settlement was one of the earliest substantial European settlements in the district. The property is associated with a number of prominent early landowners including George Palmer, William Davis, Edward and Everard Crace. The rural settlement was occupied from 1829 until 1959.
The former Ginninderra Store and Post Office structures, Ginninderra Cottage, woolshed and residential complex are represented as archaeological remains. Landscape features including mounds, shallow depressions and surface building debris represent remnants of past structures.
Signs at the site reveal stories of convict barracks, cricket matches, fireworks, a tragic drowning and more.