First inhabitants of the area were the Wonnarua and Gamilaroi people and first Europeans travelled through the area during the early-mid 1820’s.
Scone was settled in 1831 and was renowned for large pastoral properties including Segenhoe and Belltrees with many of its original buildings still in place.
The railway opened in Scone in 1871, along with the Railway Hotel, now known and still operating as the Royal Hotel. And around the same time, breeding of Thoroughbred Race Horses began in and around Scone. The first racecourse in Scone was built in 1896 and from there Scone gradually became the Horse Capital of Australia.