Millers Homestead reopens its doors

Article originally published in Ferntree Gully News.

At last, Millers Homestead has reopened its doors to the public, kick-starting a 12 month pilot program of arts, literature and cultural activities and events from Eastern Regional Libraries.

The homestead welcomed visitors from Monday 7th March. This has been four years in the making, after a decision to rezone and sell the homestead in 2018 was met with community opposition.

You can now come along and tour the house, picnic in the gardens, borrow a book, or attend one of the many exciting events planned. The grounds are in immaculate condition – complete with landscaped gardens and chairs around the verandah where you can sit and read a book.

Inside, you can admire the exquisite Victorian 1880s-style architecture as you sit by the restored fireplaces. There are also public PCs and Wi-Fi available, along with resources to help explore your family history. There will also be a monthly morning tea with the Knox Genies history group, who provide research tips and advice.

Each week, ERL has been hosting Storytime Sessions for children up to 6 years – bringing new life to the homestead. An Easter Fun Day is also set to be held in the gardens on Saturday 9th April with fun activities for all the family – including storytime, live performances and craft activities.

There are also plans to start a ‘Friends of Millers Homestead’ group.

Millers is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 12pm, then 1pm to 5pm. Storytime Sessions run every Thursday at 11am and 2pm – but you’ll need to book as spaces fill quickly. Visit the ERL website for more information.