The Heart of Canowindra’s Main Street
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE HISTORY & CULTURE
The first weatherboard Victoria Hotel was built in 1865. A new brick section consisting of ten rooms was built in 1908 in anticipation of the railway coming to Canowindra. The new Victoria flourished and grew in the heart of Gaskill St providing both hotel accommodation and office space.
The weatherboard pub was demolished and two new additions were built in 1911 and 1913. This created an interesting corner where folk could congregate for a yarn.
The graceful arches and iron lace of the verandas were matched in the new wing, though the fashion of the twenties demanded that a veneer of glossy tiles should cover the mellow hand-made bricks outside the bar.
The Victoria closed its doors as a hotel in 1967. After the interior was remodelled, it reopened in 1969 with a group of local investors giving it a new life as Canowindra Convalescent Home during a period of declining business in the area.
In more recent history, The Old Vic was transitioned back to accommodate visitors to the area as a guesthouse and restaurant. It has also become a central hub for the growing local arts scene. The entire Inn is dedicated art space playing host to the work of local artists.
Stories and Characters
Never short of scandal and excitement, if only the walls of The Old Vic Inn and the Main St of Canowindra could talk. Some of the stories below have been passed down through the generations for your entertainment.