out and about
historian worth their salt will tell you that the only way to
get an understanding of history is on your feet, appropriately
shod in a pair of strong walking boots.
The streets of Yass do not require heavy duty footwear but a walk
around the central area of the town will give you an appreciation
of the natural and built environment that has evolved since the
town was settled in the late 1830s.
built environment of Yass is one of its most attractive features.
At first glance the most eye-catching of these are the grand bank
buildings that were constructed in the boom days of the late nineteenth
century. Their construction was an affirmation of the confidence
in the economic growth of the district. The effect of the heavily
ornate architectural details of pilasters, capitals, porticos
and heavy window mouldings, is lightened by the liberal use cast
grandeur of these buildings is a sharp contrast to earlier simpler
structures such as Cobblestone Cottage, built of local stone with
Society in co-operation with the Yass Valley Council have erected
plaques on buildings of historical significance. These distinctive
blue plaques give a brief history of the building or its predecessor.
If you would like to put on your walking shoes and take a 'real'
walk around town you will be able to download a suggested
file) with the various points
of interest noted.
walk can be comfortably achieved in two hours and do reward yourself
with a coffee or cool drink at one of the cafes or pubs along
request volunteers of the Society will conduct group tours of
Walking tours of Comur Street are ideally suited to groups
of not more than 20 participants - allow one hour.
groups visiting Yass by bus, a guide can join your group and provide
an hour long commentary as the various historic points of interest
down under is a guided tour of 1.5 hours duration to the
Yass General Cemetery. It is a great way to learn the history
of district and hear interesting anecdotes of those early pioneers
visits to the museum can also be arranged.