THE Henry Lawson Cottage in all its glory was described as a "wonderful asset to our town" during a weekend of open days.
The cottage was opened up to the community last Saturday and Sunday and, while the weather was bitterly cold, more than 150 people turned out to catch a glimpse of Leeton's history.
After being saved from certain demolition, the cottage was formally opened in 2010 after it had been renovated and restored.
The building was saved by a small committee of residents that realised its worth to the community.
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.
The Leeton Family and Local History Society got into the spirit of the open days by decorating the cottage with memorabilia displays depicting the times Lawson and his housekeeper Mrs Byers lived there.
"Visitors from Newtown, Nowra, Wagga, Soldiers Point, Narrandera, Griffith, Noosa and many from Leeton signed the visitor book, leaving favourable comments of their visit to the cottage," society president Wendy Senti said.
"Some of the comments included 'great presentation', 'a treat to read the history', 'fantastic restoration, we must look after this historical place' and more.
"One visitor said a beautiful calm feeling came over her when she entered the building and another had goose bumps to think she was (walking) on the floorboards that Henry Lawson had nearly 100 years ago."
Among the 30 poems and 10 prose sketches that Lawson completed during his stay was A Letter from Leeton, which was published in a book distributed to Australian soldiers during World War I.
The cottage is currently occupied for 11 months of the year by medical students from Wollongong.
"There were suggestions that if we could get donations or grants, pieces of furniture of the period could be purchased in lieu of the modern laminated pieces that have been added over the years the students have been using the cottage," Mrs Senti said.
"A big thank you to those who helped over the weekend and a special thanks to George Weston.
"He was involved with the Henry Lawson Committee saving the cottage from demolition and he should be congratulated for his efforts to get these open days onto our tourism calendar."