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Drostdy Museum Review

The centerpiece of the town's historical past is the Drostdy Museum, a collection of buildings dating from the town's earliest days. The Drostdy was built in 1747 by the Dutch East India Company to serve as the residence of the landdrost, the magistrate who presided over the district. The building is furnished in a style that was common in the mid-19th century. A path leads through the Drostdy herb gardens to Mayville, an 1855 middle-class home that blends elements of Cape Dutch and Cape Georgian architecture. Across Swellengrebel Street stand the old jail and the Ambagswerf, an outdoor exhibit of tools used by the town's blacksmiths, wainwrights, coopers, and tanners.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 18 Swellengrebel St., Swellendam, 6740 | Map It
  • Phone: 028/514–1138
  • Cost: R15
  • Hours: Oct.–Apr., daily 9–4:30; May–Sept., daily 10–4
  • Location: Swellendam

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