a destination to stop, shop, eat and stay in the atmosphere of history
Historic Dransfield's Mill, the Wheatfield Gallery, Millpond Carriages and Millpond Alpacas
Millpond Farm at Jembaicumbene, just outside Braidwood on the Major's Creek Road, is home of the historic Dransfield's Mill, the Archer Gallery, Millpond Carriages and Millpond Alpacas.
The property has a rich colonial history, and over the past two centuries has produced prize winning wheat, sheep and cattle. Gold was discovered at Jembaicumbene in 1851 and a variety of important historic gold mining sites and 19th century buildings survive within a spectacular natural wetland in the middle Jembaicumbene valley.
The 25 acre wetland is being carefully developed to include bird hides and walking trails around a magnificent chain of ponds sustaining a remarkable variety of wildlife and native water plants. Our grazing property supports our carriage horses, Suffolk sheep, Angora goats and our young herd of fine Alpacas, the wool from which is being used to develop a variety of high quality textiles.
Millpond Carriages & Antiques
We restore, buy & sell, auction and value antique carriages and Australian and European antiques, and conduct carriage driving and furniture restoration courses.
Our auction program features several annual sales of horse drawn carriages, antiques and collectables. In late 2010 these will continue in the first stage of Dransfield's Mill.
The new gallery - the Wheatfield Gallery - opened in the historic flour mill at Millpond Farm on Saturday 10th November 2012. The theme of its first exhibition "Best in Show" has been all about dogs, and featured over 60 works in painting and sculpture by Catherin McMillan, Phil Day, Sam Kidd, Pascall Geier, Greg Sugden, Merrie Hamilton, Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Susie Bleach and Andie Townsend. All kinds of dog breeds were included, and works ranged from traditional portraits to lively caricatures and a series of "pop dogs".
The Wheatfield Gallery is the first stage of the new arts facility at Millpond Farm, to which will shortly be added artist's residences in the upper floors of the four storied 1859 flour mill, and a new cafe.
660 Majors Creek Road, Jembaicumbene (ten minutes from Braidwood on the Majors Creek Road)