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Wednesday November 7, 2018

25 acres covered in a blanket of yellow, with daffodils seen all over the hillsides with wonderful woodland walks, a waterfall and the red brick remains of the old brewery.

The charms of this historic site are proving popular once more with visitor numbers increasing each year.

Well over a thousand people celebrated the Spring showcase. While it is only open at weekends for a month of the year, you can't miss it.

Nearly all the visitors who flocked to the flowers weren't from Lawrence or the surrounding area which amply illustrates their wider appeal.

Back in the Victorian era special trains were put on to take crowds from Dunedin to Weatherstons to enjoy the fields blooming with flowers.

Up until 2013 the "Daffodil Dayze" festival took place every Spring with food, fun and frolics to celebrate the treasure trove that is Weatherstons.

The Trust maintains the site, and highlights the value of the volunteers without whom Weatherstons would perhaps be a little 'overgrown'.

Lawrence is famous for its rich history and architectural gems. It has a legacy of being the original Otago gold town, which witnessed one of the largest and fastest gold rushes.

The Spring also heralds Lawrence's Heritage Day when many of the town's treasures are opened to the public, for example, Anthem House where the music was composed for the National Anthem. This year's event was particularly special as the Lawrence Heritage Trust celebrated the success of a 15 year long campaign to become the new owners of the old courthouse on Colonsay Street. The Trust says the 1876 Category One listed building is of national importance and part of the incredible history which abounds in Lawrence.

The locals also turned out in force to mark the official opening of the old swimming pool structure as a distinctive new venue (weddings and other events are welcome). 


  

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