Hartley Village Blue Mountains
his small Western village in the Blue Mountains became an overnight stop for the coaches coming down or ready to ascend the Blue Mountains from 1816. It had some beautiful buildings erected in the 1830’s namely the old Courthouse and St Bernard’s Presbytery.
The Court House is opened on a monthly basis and some years ago we gained access there with a group on one of those rainy days when the sights were clouded. We spent over an hour looking through the old court records to find convicts being whipped for escaping, other crimes were stealing a horse which was of the most common crimes at the time. Understandably, I suppose, when you look at the distances to travel on foot. Easier on a horse despite the risk involved. Our Blue Mountains Tours to the Jenolan Caves passes through this historical mountain Village. Our Private Blue Mountains Tours has time to wander the site.
The National Park has an office open in the old inn on about 3 days per week. This old inn was built in the late 1820’s