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Huguenot Memorial Museum

Published 05/20/2009

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To trace the history of the Huguenot community here, visit the Huguenot Memorial Museum. Its main building is modeled after the Saasveld house, built in 1791 by renowned Cape architect Louis Thibault in Cape Town. Wall displays profile some of the early Huguenot families. Exhibits also focus on other aspects of the region's history, such as the development of Cape Dutch architecture and the relationship of the Huguenots with the Dutch East India Company. Displays in the annex cover the culture and life of the Khoekhoen, or Khoikhoi, once derogatorily known as Hottentots, as well as the role of slaves and local laborers in the development of the Franschhoek Valley. Bring a picnic basket and take advantage of the lovely garden. Be sure to visit the adjacent Huguenot Museum gardens and the graveyard next to the monument. The graves date back 300 years; note that most are marked with simple, rectangular headstones or the obelisk, pointing toward heaven, rather than the symbol associated with the church the Huguenots were so desperate to escape.

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Lambrecht St., Franschhoek, Western Cape, 7690, South Africa



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  • R10

Published 05/20/2009


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