Fresh scones with jam and cream, tea and the beautiful Ballam Park Homestead transport you back to the 1800s. This once-derelict building was transformed into the jewel in Frankston’s crown after Frankston Council bought it for “the people of Frankston”.
For 50 years the Frankston Historical Society has been caring for the homestead, raising more than $150,000 so far for various projects, refurbishment and maintenance, conducting tours, and running the museum and archive department. All in all, it’s quite an achievement for a group of volunteers.
“We just want to see that it is there for the future – for the children of the future, for our grandkids and great-grandkids,” said society president Glenda Viner.
Ballam Park Homestead is one of the oldest houses in the region and was built in 1855 for the Liardets, one of Victoria’s pioneering families. A leading architect once described it as “perfectly proportioned”. It’s a fine example of a French-style farmhouse and is listed on the Historic Buildings Council Register in Victoria and one of only two sites in the municipality classified by the National Trust and on the register of the National Estate.
On Sunday, May 6, the society is opening the homestead from 11am-5pm for free to give the community the chance to travel back in time and explore this magnificent home and gardens, and although the tea rooms will not be open, Frankston Rotary will be operating a sausage sizzle. Volunteers will be dressed in period costume and a society member will be stationed in every room of the house and museum to answer any questions you may have.
Ballam Park Homestead and its tea rooms are open every Sunday from 1-5pm, except on the fifth Sunday of the month. You can buy scones, jam and cream for $8 or enjoy a picnic in the park next door. Admission to the grounds is free of charge and tours with a guide start at $7 for adults, $6 concession, $4 for children under 14, $16 for a family of two adults and two children under 16, and free for children under 5. Weekday tours of 10 or more, with volunteers in costume, require bookings on 9789 3116.
BALLAM PARK HOMESTEAD
A: 260R Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
T: 9789 5529