Heritage Award for our historic 'Marthaville'

Jun 5 Heritage Award for our historic 'Marthaville'

Exciting news for our local art and craft centre.

Each year, prominent figures and landmarks of historical importance within the Hunter Valley wine industry are honoured at the Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards. The Heritage Award recognises longstanding distinction and significant contribution to the Hunter Valley Wine Industry and is selected by the Living Legends. The Heritage Award in 2014 was presented to Cessnock’s Marthaville Homestead, for the pivotal part it played in the early grape growing history of the Hunter Valley.


The Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards were held at Wyndham Estate 29th May 2014.


Marthaville is the oldest timber sawn home in Cessnock and still retains many of its original piers. Under the galvanised iron roof, timber shingles can still be seen especially under the edge of the eaves near the ramp access point. Three of the rooms have retained their original fireplaces and cedar mantelpieces. The kitchen stove is wood or coal burning and has removable plates to assist in heat circulation around the oven. Fuel stoves of this vintage are rarely seen today.


Marthaville is now used as an Arts and Cultural Centre, playing host to a wide variety of events, exhibits and activities including Wine Country Bear Club and Floral Art workshops. Marthaville Guildry has operated since 1996, displaying for sale a wide range of arts and crafts made by residents of the Cessnock area.


Visit the Marthaville Craft & Gift Centre

200 Wollombi Road, Cessnock (opposite Aldi Store)
Phone  4990 2653 or 4990 1281

Select from an extensive range of locally handcrafted items on display. Baby dresses, bibs, booties, shawls, baby sets, hand made teddies, dolls, knee rugs, t-shirts, clothing, embroidered towels, beadwork, bags, patchwork, hand-painted glassware, porcelain, souvenirs, hand-made cards, novelty items, much more…

Whilst at Historic Marthaville take time to enjoy the ambience and charm of Cessnock’s oldest sawn timber home.
Enjoy a stroll in the lovely gardens or bring a picnic lunch.

There is disabled access and public amenities.

Marthaville function room and gardens are available for bookings for exhibitions, small weddings and other functions.

Marthaville is Heritage Trust listed.


Marthaville Craft & Gift Centre Centre Open Times

Open: Friday and Saturday between 10.00am – 4.00pm (except in special circumstances)

Closed: January, Good Friday, Anzac Day and last week in December

Admission is free.

Coaches welcome by appointment. Please phone 4990 2653.