The Drostdy was built by the Dutch East India Company in 1747 to serve as residence and official headquarters for the Landdrost. Soon after a gaol, a house for the secretary, a mill and various outbuildings were erected.
This is one of the oldest buildings in South Africa and a great experience for young and old. A visit to the Drostdy would not be complete without a visit to the Gaol, Ambagswerf, Mayville house and Mayville Garden all located in the same area. Some of the best coffee shops and restaurants in Swellendam are within walking distance from the Drostdy.