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Gumeracha is a thriving township with a vibrant history. Today, visitors can enjoy Gumeracha's major tourist attraction - the Toy Factory and Big Rocking Horse, with wooden toys, souvenirs, Australian art, coffee house, picnic gardens and a native flora and fauna park with more than 4000 Australian trees and shrubs.
The settlements of Gumeracha and Kenton Valley were set out in 1839 by The South Australian Company. Early settler William Beavis Randell was a pivotal figure in the town's development, building a home which he named Kenton Park, after his home town in Devon. This estate later gave its name to the small community of Kenton Valley, along the Gumeracha-Lobethal road.
The township of Gumeracha was formally established in 1860. The name Gumeracha derives from the Aboriginal name 'Umeracha' for the Torrens waterhole around which the district centred. The busy main street reflects the town's heritage, and features Randell's Mill (now a private residence), the mill manager's house and mill workers' cottages, Salem Baptist Church and the Ring of Oaks, as well as Gumeracha's first police station and courthouse.
Also still standing are the two homesteads which so influenced Gumeracha's development, Randell's Kenton Park, and the South Australian Company's original home, Ludlow House.