Petticoat Lane is a delight for all ages. Some may perceive it as just a bunch of old buildings, however, if you read the signage, delve into the history and imagine you were living in Penola 160 years ago, in 1850 when 17 year old Ellen Sharam (nee Patching) and 31 year old Christopher Sharam moved into their cottage in Petticoat Lane and bore 15 children, 4 of which died in childhood, it is a delight.
Today, the cottage is cared for by the Penola branch of the National Trust and is a wonderful place to visit with the children. A herb garden out the back is open to the public whereby a donation box is present and an interperative centre is set up for us to learn about the Sharam Family. Awesome photo opportunities. This area is FREE although donations are encouraged.
Opposite Sharam Cottages is Wilson Cottage which is currently the home of Jill’s Vintage, and open Thursdays, Fridays and Weekends or by appointment. Out the back of Jill’s Vintage are some sheep which are pleased to be fed by the children.
Gammon Cottage, Art House is an interesting building, however, the art house is probably not recommended for all the children. Open Saturdays & Sundays 10.30am – 4pm.
Davidson Cottage is a private property and has been restored as a popular Bed & Breakfast. This is a look but don’t touch property. Another awesome photo opportunity.
Petticoat Lane is a must-see attraction. It’s FREE and only half an hour is required to explore this area. These buildings are cared for by the Penola branch of the National Trust. The Mary MacKillop Penola Centre would be a logical place to explore after Petticoat Lane.