Back in time at the Drostdy Museum

The Drostdy Museum in Swellendam

The historic town of Swellendam is home to the beautiful Drostdy Museum.  It was built in 1747 and is one of the oldest surviving examples of a Drostdy building in South Africa.

The Drostdy served as the official residence and seat of the magistrate of Swellendam.  A jail (gaol), a house for the secretary, a mill and various outbuildings were built soon thereafter.

This museum is larger than I expected.  It is divided into three parts.  The open air part, the "Ambagswerf" is a section displaying historic tools that were used by artisans of the time.

This museum is refreshing and informative to visit.  Situated against the backdrop of the Langeberg Mountain range, it is a must-see spot in Swellendam.

Where can it be found?

Drostdy Museum, 18 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam, 6740, Cape Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa

Tools used by artisans at the Drostdy Museum

2 Thoughts to “Back in time at the Drostdy Museum”

    1. Nicolette

      Thank you Ronel!

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