Monday, July 11, 2011

An early post

This little cottage, Het Posthuys, on Main Road in Muizenberg is reputed to be the oldest colonial house in South Africa. Records state that it was built in 1673 and was known as Stegman's Rust. It served as a signal station and a fort overlooking False Bay on the slopes of Muizenberg Mountain. At some stage towards the end of the 1700s it was lived in by a "Posthouder", then during the Battle of Muizenberg in 1795 when the British wrested the Cape from the Dutch, it was used by the military again. It is now a museum run by the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society.

1 comment:

  1. I do a lot of posts like this on The Firefly Photo Files and just love looking up the history and stories surrounding a place.