A PIECE of Leeton's history was opened up to the public recently, with many taking up the opportunity to see what life would have been like for Australian poet Henry Lawson.
The Henry Lawson Cottage in Daalbata Road opened its doors to visitors on June 23 and 24 for the first time since being officially opened in 2010.
Since 2010 the cottage has been used by visiting medical students for the majority of each year, but it was decided to host the open day so residents could wander through.
Former Henry Lawson Cottage committee chairman George Weston was happy to see residents taking an interest.
"It was really great to see people coming through and exploring the cottage," he said.
"We were really heartened by that.
"Dot Eurell, Wendy Senti and Chris Senti were fabulous in helping out, and Peter Woods brought along the table Henry used while he was there."
The cottage itself was almost torn down, but Leeton Shire Council decided it would restore the building to how it would have been when Lawson lived there.
In 1916, Lawson was employed as a publicist for the MIA on a salary of two guineas a week and the use of the cottage, which he occupied with his housekeeper from January, 1916 to September, 1917.
Councillor Weston said it was good to hear residents discussing that part of the town's history.
"People that were coming through were telling some interesting stories, so that was good fun," he said.
"We'd like to make it an annual thing and perhaps try and reach a broader field of people."