Saturday 23 + Sunday 24 February 2024 | Tours: 1 1 am & 2 pm

Address: 18 Bridge Street Richmond


Oak Lodge was built by James and Henry Buscombe – known as 'Richmond's builders' – who were prominent businessmen and developers responsible for several key local structures in the district. Oak Lodge served as the residence for Henry Buscombe, until purchased by Captain James and Jane Boothe in 1843.

The Georgian-style, two-story sandstone main house, with basement and attic levels, stands as a well-preserved example of Colonial-era architecture. Following the Boothes, Oak Lodge accommodated various owners and tenants, hosting businesses including a doctors' surgery, Anglican rectory, and a school.

The property maintains a high level of integrity, with visible traces of past alterations, including the markings of a removed verandah. A doctor's surgery was added to the eastern side in 1900. The outer garden perimeter houses a stable with original pit-sawn timbers, a gable roof and a loft floor, while a coach house was lost to wild winds in the mid-twentieth century. The garden, rich with fruit trees, reveals historical herb beds used by Dr. Clark for medicines.

Sisters Muriel, Constance and Margaret Horsfall purchased Oak Lodge in 1962, residing there for about 30 years before Muriel gifted it to the National Trust in 1998. Managed by the Coal River Valley Historical Society, Oak Lodge offers public access, showcasing its historical significance and maintaining a local history archive.

In conjunction with Richmond 200, Open House Hobart is super excited to announce Open House Richmond. This special one-off event will be held on Saturday 24 + Sunday 25 February 2024, and will form part of an extensive program that celebrates Richmond’s bicentenary. Open House Hobart is an annual architecture program that opens some of Tasmania’s most unique buildings to the public, including private homes and historic buildings across lutruwita Tasmania. We acknowledge that Open House takes place on the land of the traditional owners of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pay respects to the palawa people, Tasmanian Aboriginal Community and to Elders - past, present and emerging.

For detail of the full Open House Richmond 2024 program, head to

Ticket Conditions

Bookings open TBC.  Tickets are free but are also limited and in high demand – if you are unable to attend please cancel your ticket via booking link or contact the Open House Hobart team:   


Free - bookings required


Open House Richmond is produced in conjunction with Richmond Bicentenary. 

Open House Hobart is proudly supported by our partners:

Major Partners: Tasmanian Government, Futago
Partners: Access Solution, Brickworks, Lysaght, Harrison Agents, TasPorts
Supported by: City of Hobart 
Media Partners: ArchitectureAU

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