Dorp Street the last stretch!

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Dorp Street, the oldest street in Stellenbosch is The Old Wagon Road to and from Cape Town, is lined with oak trees and beautiful, historic buildings. I walked from Libertas Parva up the street to the Theological Seminary in several posts!

No.157 Dorp Street

Loubsher House, 157 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch

At no. 159 Dorp Street there is this striking home, Saxonhof, named after Pieter Andriesz Saxe  who was a Free Burgher and a leather tanner. He acquired the land in 1704 and built the house soon after. In 1889 the owner was Dr Johannes H Neethling, local craftsman and district surgeon, who added the second storey to the building.

Saxonhof, 159 Dorp Street

The Old Reading Room at no.182 Dorp Street was used for various purposes, but I can’t find information about when it was built nor the original use. It is now a 4* Guesthouse.

The Old Reading Room, Stellenbosch

The Old Reading Room, Stellenbosch

When Simon van der Stel first visited the area his party camped on an island in the Eerste River and it was on the same site that the first Drostdy was built. In 1710 the settlement burned down, but the Drostdy (no.2) was immediately rebuilt on the same site. In 1762 the building burned down again and Drostdy (no.3) was built; today’s gates are from that time.  In 1859 the building became The Theological Seminary at no. 171 Dorp Street. In 1868 Carl Otto Hager added a second storey, and in 1905 the building was altered to its present form. 

Herzog Map of 1817, Stellenbosch

The Theological Seminary, 1868 (
The Theological Seminary, 1868 (

Theological Seminary, Stellenbosch

16-2-24 Stellenbosch LR-1351

These posts were just a little taste of the elegance, charm, and pleasure of Dorp Street and as I walked along I could imagine the farms and farmers, the wagons rolling up and down the street, the school, shop, church, and business affairs at the Drostdy. The valley was wooded, and the river was clear.

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