Many businesses in the Yass Valley will have had a financial boost last weekend, when around 500 visitors organised by the National Trust of NSW descended on the valley.
Most arriving Friday evening, they travelled to Wee Jasper on Saturday, visiting several local historic properties including Wee Jasper School.
School principal Mark Sullivan was delighted to open the school up to the visitors. To thank him and the school for their warm welcome and generosity, the school was presented with a bell.
Organiser of the weekend and member of the National Trust (NSW) Women's Committee, Lois Rasmussen, had uncovered the fact that the school did not have a bell and thought that was something the committee could put right. They felt an old bell would be most fitting and sourced an old ship's bell from the US. It was cleaned and polished and inscribed before being presented to Mr Sullivan on Saturday.
On Sunday, the group visited Yass properties 'Cliftonwood', 'Old Linton' and 'Douro', before making their way to Cooma Cottage for lunch and a tour of the National Trust property.
Ms Rasmussen said it had been a wonderful weekend.
Cooma Cottage manager, Dr Rick Williams, was very pleased to show National Trust members from Sydney Hume's cottage first-hand.
Proceeds from the weekend will be donated to Cooma Cottage, and Dr Williams already has a number of jobs ready and waiting for the funds.