The dream of preserving our local heritage started with the formation of the Caboolture Historical Society in 1959. The first building arrived 20 years later when the old Caboolture Shire Council Chambers was moved to the site. Since that time with the contribution of many volunteers and supporters, the Village has grown to be the popular destination for tourists and locals to explore the local history.
It is the largest tourist attraction in the region, with over 70 buildings, and more than 110,000 museum pieces. Visitors walk through the visitors centre and step out into a Village of yesteryear. The street with the old post office, barber, butcher and general store will bring back memories for many, however there is much more including an exhibition from the Queensland Prison’s Museum, the old Caboolture Hospital, several cottages that were moved from various sites around Caboolture, the old Caboolture Railway Station, and a popular exhibit with models of ships from the First Fleet to arrive in Sydney in 1788.
The Feather Club Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and opposite the Military Museum is a memorial to the animals and birds lost in wars – one of the first such memorials in Australia.
It is a popular destination for many schools – allowing the students to learn about early Australian history and in particular the history of the local area. Schools can select from a wide range of activities including re-enactments, gem sieving at the Gem Club, assisting with washing duties in the old time laundry, learning about the dairy industry, watching the blacksmith and old printery in action and other activities.
During school holidays, children are entertained by a variety of activities and opportunities to explore within the Village. Special events are held throughout the year.
The grounds are laid out in Village style and our beautiful buildings house a vast array of memorabilia. You can easily spend a couple of hours reminiscing as you wander around.