Umphraville (Also known as Umfarville)



Founded in the 1860s by Dermot “Darby” Kavanagh and his brother Patrick, Umphraville was situated on the Old Hastings Rd, north of Ormsby.  Here, Darby operated a “Stopping Place” which included a hotel, store and post office.  At one time, the settlement grew to have 4 churches, a cheese factory, tinsmith, shoemaker, blacksmiths and a school. Now a ghost town, all that remains are some stone fences, foundations, a barn and the old cemetery which is about a kilometre west of the Hastings Rd in the bush. Although only 20 headstone markers can be seen, there are an estimated 100 pioneers buried there.