Stepping into Bacchus Marsh’s History

There are many great things to like about Bacchus Marsh and one of them is the history. Many may not realise it but Bacchus Marsh has a deep history that goes all the way back to the 1800’s.
So where do we go searching for Bacchus Marsh’s history? Well I found a great history hotspot list on and I thought it would be great to share it with you here:
1 Avenue of Honour. The main entry to Bacchus Marsh from the east, this landmark, planted in 1918, commemorates World War I eloquently. With the advent of Dutch elm disease in Europe, this 3.3-kilometre-long plantation is regarded as one of the world's finest elm avenues and most bear name plaques commemorating fallen Diggers. There is opposition to a state government plan to build a roundabout and new road into the avenue.
2 Maddingley Park. This large park, established more than 150 years ago, contains historical remnants such as the ANA Memorial Gates, Dickie Bandstand and Evans Pavilion. A large adventure playground offers great outdoor entertainment for children. A sporting oval at the centre of this vast park is home to the Bacchus Marsh football, netball and cricket clubs. Lawn tennis courts line the northern side of the park, along with barbecue and picnic areas.
3 Main Street. This busy strip is the hub of the township with its historic buildings, specialist stores, cafes and the area's main shopping complex, the Village Shopping Centre.
4 Lerderderg State Park. The main formation associated with this 14,000-hectare park on the outskirts of town is the rugged 300-metre-deep gorge carved by the Lerderderg River. Myriad tracks, gullies and ridges form a wild environment enjoyed by bushwalkers, horse riders and mountain bikers.
5 Blacksmith's Cottage and Forge, 100-102 Main Street. Hugh Meikle built this classical revival blacksmith's forge in 1877. Adjacent is a small and attractive cottage. The timber section dates from early 1850; the stone front room was added about 1866. These historic buildings are linked with a museum and a book barn.
6 Paynes Orchards, Bacchus Marsh Road. This family-owned-and-operated orchard has been producing delish fruit for nearly 50 years. Proprietors Graeme and Jenny grow peaches, nectarines, apples, apricots, cherries, plums and berries and sell direct to the public from the fruit shed door. "Pick your own" and "walk'n'talk" visits are generally available most days.
7 Pykes Creek Reservoir. Take the Pykes Creek exit off the freeway, then turn right across the overpass. The tranquil reservoir was completed in 1911 and is used for water recreational activities such as boating, swimming and fishing.
8 Bacchus Hill Winery, 100 O'Connell Road, Merrimu. A mixture of luscious, complex and fruity wines and other culinary delights are on offer at this locally owned winery overlooking the valley of the town. Bacchus Hill Winery's 2006 shiraz received a commended award medal at the 2009 International Wine Challenge, which was held in Britain.
9 Chicory Kiln, Taverner Street. Chicory was grown on the river flats from the 1880s. The roots of this white, parsnip-like plant were harvested and roasted in this kiln before being ground and used as a coffee additive.
10 The Manor House, 28 Manor Street. Built between 1840 and 1846 for the town's founder, retired military officer and magistrate Captain William Bacchus, this is one of Victoria's oldest surviving residences of substance.