Once one of the most important river ports in NSW and an instrumental part of the development of the entire Hunter Valley, the township of Morpeth, will commemorate the bicentenary of its founding by Lieutenant Edward Charles Close, on November 20 & 21, 2021.
A new riverside shared pathway will be unveiled that allows visitors to Morpeth to walk from Morpeth’s old sandstone quarry along the riverbank, as far as the ‘new’ Morpeth Railway Station, which closed in 1953. Morpeth Bridge will be illuminated with coloured lights. There may be a main street parade.
A program of activities for the weekend of the Bicentenary is being planned by Morpeth community groups & businesses.
Morpeth Bridge will be open on Sunday for visitors to enjoy a picnic on fake lawn, whilst jazz bands entertain. Join a guided walk highlighting the features of Morpeth main street with members of Morpeth Museum. Market stalls will surround Closebourne House (built and lived in by Edward Close), where easy car parking will be available, a two minute walk from Morpeth main street. Watch a man on a penny farthing riding up and down the street. Take a horse & carriage ride around Morpeth village. Watch artists at work at their easels on the lawn outside Morpeth Gallery, painting Morpeth landscapes & iconic buildings. Enjoy fine food & a beverage or two from Morpeth’s cafes, restaurants & pubs, food vans & market stalls. There have been rumours of a fireworks display and entertainment into the evening.