HUNDREDS of people flocked to the quaint country town of Smeaton at the weekend to celebrate its 175th birthday.
As the sun shone on the iconic Andersons Mill, groups from as far as Adelaide watched on in fascination as men and women dressed in period costume gave demonstrations of things from the past.
Making your own rope, milling your own oats and baling your own hay were all on the menu for the kids.
And the adults seemed genuinely intrigued by the town’s rich history.
Friends of Smeaton president Ron Cosgrave said the free event, celebrating 175 years since Smeaton’s settlement, was a huge hit.
“We really didn’t know how many people to expect,”Mr Cosgrave said.
“But so far today (Saturday), the numbers have really surprised us .”
Mr Cosgrave said more were expected on Sunday.
“We’ve had at least a few hundred come along today, and we are expecting the same tomorrow,” he said.
Reymer Dunstan, who’d made the journey from Geelong, said it was the town’s historic buildings that fuelled her interest in the event.
“It’s just a real trip down memory lane,” Ms Dunstan said.
“The old buildings are spectacular and the whole town is just steeped in history.”
A dinner dance in the town was also sold out on Saturday night, with 200 people attending and taking the chance to celebrate Smeaton’s history.
Mr Cosgrave said he wanted to especially thank the Hepburn Shire for making the weekend happen.