Women of the Hill - Denniston Plateau
Twenty years ago, two residents on the West Coast's Denniston Plateau initiated the restoration of an old schoolhouse to create a museum. This not only gave the many visitors to the hill a place to land, it became an important centre for the people who had been part of the once-thriving coal mining community around what was known as the 8th Wonder of the World – the Denniston Incline.
Friends of the Hill has members around the world that gather here bi-annually, because of a deep connection to the place. Gary and Sylvia James continue to welcome visitors to the Friends of the Hill Museum, and show them through the mock-mine built by local miners (complete with a replica horse - Nugget).
The role of women in the plateau's bygone towns was often overlooked in history but is celebrated here, as Sage Forest discovered when Sylvia takes her to visit a cairn - a memorial to the Women of the Hill.
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