Sentry Hill is a 19th century farmhouse in Carnmoney which houses a wealth of artefacts and archival material amassed over the years by the McKinney family.
Built in 1835 in the townland of Ballyvesey, Sentry Hill replaced the existing thatched farmhouse. In the 1880s it was improved with the addition of a front porch and conservatory, bathroom and kitchen. Each generation of the family made changes to suit the times they lived in, yet the house's unique personality remained with Sentry Hill providing a physical link between generations of McKinneys.
Remarkably, the contents of Sentry Hill have survived almost intact. A wealth of artefacts and archival material was amassed down the years, with credit due to William Fee McKinney who was born in 1832. His extensive collection provides a rare insight into the working lives, social activities, beliefs and values of rural families in Ulster during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Sentry Hill house and farm remained in family ownership until 1996 with the death of Dr Joe Dundee, grandson of William Fee McKinney. The old cliché ‘there's no place like home' was far from clichéd for both the McKinney and Dundee families. Sentry Hill occupied a central place in their thoughts and feelings.
- April, May, June and September: Tuesday to Sunday 2pm to 5pm (last tour 3.45pm)
- July and August: Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am to 5.30pm, Sunday 2pm to 5.30pm (last tour 4.15pm)
- Closed on Mondays