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    The Cottage Museum, RDHS Precinct, Rylstone

    Photographer F MacDonald

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    Mantle display, the Cottage Museum

    Photographer F MacDonald

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    Scrapbook from collection

    Photographer F MacDonald

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    Thyme Out Community Garden

    Photographer F MacDonald

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    Yum Cha Café, Bridge View Inn, Rylstone

    Photographer F MacDonald

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    'A Nautical Yarn' John Cauchi, Jane Barker, Bill C

    Photographer Bruce Upton

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    Bridge View Inn, Rylstone

    Photo: F MacDonald

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    Grandfathers view, the Cottage Museum

    Photographer F MacDonald

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    Sewing machine artwork, the Cottage Museum

    Photographer F MacDonald


The Rylstone and District Historical Society precinct is located in the main street of Rylstone and consists of the Cottage Museum, the Thyme Out Community Garden and the handsome heritage listed Bridge View Inn.

The Rylstone district was explored soon after the settlement of Bathurst in 1818. In search of good grazing land, explorers pushed north and found the rich Capertee, Cudgegong, Lue and Bylong valleys. Flocks and settlement followed. The village developed as a centre serving large pastoral properties. By the 1870s and 80s, wealth from fine wool, horse breeding, fat cattle and the nearby Turon River gold fields saw Rylstone become a social and government centre, with numerous Victorian sandstone buildings that continue to give it great charm today.

The Cottage Museum is housed in a simple 1890s weatherboard home built for local blacksmith, James Nash. The museum displays focus on domestic and rural life. They include costume, rustic furniture, kitchen and small farming tools, schooling and musical instruments. Also on display are photographs of pioneers, the town and district encompassed by the old Rylstone Shire boundary.

The Bridge View Inn hosts a yum cha café, wine tasting room, barbershop and B&B. Built in 1871, the dining room features one of Australia’s few surviving murals of the period. The mural is believed to have been painted by Augustus Baker Peirce (1840 - 1919) and has been recently conserved. 

The Society hosts lectures, workshops and exhibitions; organizes excursions and heritage events; and continues to research local and family history drawing on the resources of the community as well as the Society’s archives and collection.

Getting There

28-30 Louee Street
Rylstone, NSW 2849

Opening Hours


10:00 to 15:00

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