Who are the Alexander's? Susan and Nic Alexander, we moved to Dargan in March 2003. We had visited the area a few times and enjoy short breaks.
We then took the plunge and moved away from the Northern Beaches and decided it was time for the Tree Change.
There are 2 other family members that make up the team, Susan's Mum Raewyn is our chief Scone maker, and so many people love her scones. Also our daughter Jessica helps out, sometimes playing with the kids that come into the café. The parent's love that built in babysitter and tour guide.
Our food philosophy is simple; home style cooking using fresh, seasonal and local produce.
Enjoy the History of the Village and this beautiful building.
This building the former Post Office was originally built as a residence in 1846 by the Finn family. It was very similar in form to the Farmers Inn and Old Trahlee, all buildings constructed as houses by the Finn Family. Originally much smaller in size the building was gradually extended over time with the 2 wings added during the 1870's.
John Finn was appointed Postmaster in 1845 as Hartley became a stopping off point along the new mail route between Sydney and Bathurst. Finn family members occupied the role of Postmaster until 1883 and again from 1887 until 1907. Postal Services operated from this building from 1846 – 1982. At the time of its closure, it was the longest operating post Office in Australia.
The Post Office also operated as the local Store and Jean Garcia, the post mistress from 1927 worked here as a photographer, catering to the Jenolan Caves tourist trade. The Rodgers who purchased the building 1950 also took photographs of the tourists.
Substantial modifications were made to the building in the 1920's and since 1982, National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS) has undertaken extensive maintenance and conservation works to the Building.
Embracing our history we too have a small local store, dedicated to showcasing some of our local small businesses and tourist information available. We have on sale, some spectacular items from Talisman Gallery, amazing Photography of the local area, Oil Paintings, Candles, Jams and lots of other local treasures.