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The street is very long and we decided not to walk the whole length of it. We first drove to the end of the road and walk around that part of the street. (This part was less crowded because it is not in the central business part of town) We then drove towards the center of town, parked and then explored more of the historic town.
|ROTHMAN MANOR GUESTHOUSE (218 Voortrek Street)|
This house was built in 1834 and was known as the JVDS House. It has a beautiful gable and thatched roof.
|OLD BOYS SCHOOL (147 Voortrek Street)|
This building was built in 1825 to serve as a house but from 1870 housed the Swellendam Grammar School or Old Boys School. It is now the Olyfkrans College.
|TOWN HALL (47 Voortrek Street)|
This well-restored residence was built in the early 20th century. I love the “stoep” or verandah around this house and it also has a beautiful garden.
|OLD PUBLIC LIBRARY (78 Voortrek Street)|
|BUIRSKI’S SHOP (37 Voortrek Street)|
This double storey building was built in about 1880 and has a pretty cast iron verandah and balcony.
|74,76 VOORTREK STREET|
This flat roofed building dates from the middle of the 19th century. It originally was a church school.
|OEFENINGSHUIS (36 Voortrek Street)|
The Oefeningshuis or Meeting House was built in 1838 as a venue for converting the heathen to Christianity. It was basically a church but could not be named church. Very interesting is the imitation clock face on the wall with the time 12:15 above a real clock. It was a way to show unlettered people the time of the service. The service starts when the hands of the working clock are the same as the painted clock.
|BARRY HOUSE (4, 6 Voortrek Street)|
Originally built as premises for the firm Barry and Nephews and later converted into flats.