Pukekohe’s Pioneer Cottage, opened in October 1965, now stands as a memorial to the pioneers of Pukekohe.
The cottage was originally built by John Martyn near the Great South Road at Ramarama in 1859.
It is traditional in design with four rooms off a central passage: a kitchen with open fireplace, a sitting room and two bedrooms. Furnished in colonial style, the cottage has many items of the pioneering period on display.
On the 5th of May in 2002, The Franklin Historical Society placed a time capsule under the massive stone that sits 20 metres away from the cottage. It’s to be opened in 2052 (50 years).
It’s open to the public every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm with a donation as entry fee. It’s located at Roulston Park on Stadium Drive, Pukekohe.
The Franklin Historical Society‘s next meeting is this Saturday 19th September at the old Council Chambers on the corner of Edinburgh and Wesley Streets, Pukekohe at 1:30 pm. New members are welcome and if you would like to contact them, their phone number is 09 238 7243 ask for Merryl. They will have a guest speaker and information to observe.
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Click here to see the Inside Pukekohe’s Pioneer cottage.