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Friday, March 16, 2012

The Old Drapery of Ophir

Tiny Ophir is considered one of the most authentic and significant settlements still surviving from gold mining days.  The town sprang up almost overnight back in the 1860s, but sank into near obscurity when the gold dwindled and the railway bypassed the town.  This probably helped to save many of the historic buildings.  The ladies of the area would have spent many an hour in this shop, The Old Drapery, buying their fabric, needles and threads.
DSCF9718  The Old Drapery
This early building was owned by Mrs Ellen Craig and rented out to tenants over the years.
DSCF9719 A peek through the windows
The Old Drapery, together with many other buildings in the village, is currently being restored.  What a lovely little place Ophir is, well worth a stop and a leisurely look around.
DSCF9720 Large stones holding the roof in place – a work in progress

1 comment:

By Hoki Quilts said...

It's so nice to be able to catch up with your travels now that I am back from mine. You know the entries from your trip would such a lovely keepsake if printed as you have made a beautiful job of sharing your travels.
safe travels, Miche'le