Historic Buildings

In 1743 Swellendam was declared a magisterial district, the third oldest in South Africa. This outlying settlement soon became a gateway to the interior, and was visited by many famous explorers. 
Because of this Swellendam is rich in Historic Buildings and Heritage Sites. Here are a few of the Historic Buildings in the vicinity of the Drostdy and the Swellendam Tourism office.

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Old Boys School

The land on which this H-shaped house is situated was granted to Jacobus Wessel van Dijk in 1818. He was one of the well-known wainwrights of Swellendam and built the house round 1825. In 1839 Van Dijk sold the property and several Wainwrights owned the Type of site: School Previous use: School. The land was granted in 1818 to J W van Dyk, a wagonmaker who built the house in about 1825. There was a wagon-builder's workshop in the basement up to 1870. The building was then purchased for a school