In December 2015 we went to Calitzdorp for a daytrip.  My grandmother grew up in Calitzdorp.  My mother joined us for the day and we went looking for places she remembered from visits to her grandparents.

The road from George to Oudstshoorn was very busy.  We arrived in a very hot Calitzdorp at about 10:30.  We stopped next to the tourist information office and when mom looked up she saw her grandparents home.  The house is in Barry Street and is called “Vine Grove”.

We left the car and walked around in Barry Street and then to the Dutch Reformed Church.
The foundation stone for the sandstone church was laid on 17 December 1910 and the inauguration was in April 1912.

The stand for the cottage at nr 27 Andries Pretorius Street was acquired in 1859 by JJ Stimie and he built the house.  The third owner was  John Baldwin who arrived in SA from the island Tristan da Cunha.  When the Baldwins bought the property in 1878 the hous was named after the island.
27 Andries Pretorius  Street - Tristan da Cunha
In December 1858 JJ Grundling bought the stand of 29 Andries Pretorius Street and had the house built shortly afterwards.  In 1874 the house was let out temporarily as the parsonage for the first Dutch reformed Church minister, Richard Barry.
29 Andries Pretorius Street
The building of Oude Huis at 33 Andries Pretorius Street dates from the 1880’s.
33 Andries Pretorius Street - Oude Huis
We had launch on the stoep of Die Dorpshuis.  It was lovely and cool and the food was very nice.  After lunch our son was tired and we drove around some more before heading home.  There is still a lot of beautiful old buildings that we want to photograph and I expect we will soon make another trip to Calitsdorp.

I used information from Calitzdorp Tourism Website for this post.


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