Hermanus History and Heritage

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This gorgeous seaside town has a proud history dating back to the early 1800s when a man by the name of Hermanus Pieters followed a path etched into the ground by a herd of elephants. Hermanus Pieters was a traveling teacher and Sheppard who growing tired of his locality, made the decision to pack up and try somewhere new. He wandered south of Caledon along the elephant trail and ended up next to the sea where he discovered a fresh spring. Hermanus Pieters decided to set up camps here because of this spring and the fine grazing the land provided for his livestock. This beautiful setting became known as Hermanuspietersfontein (directly translated as Hermanus Pieters Fountain).

Plankhuis a famous fishing spot near Hawston

Plankhuis a famous fishing spot near Hawston

About three kilometres west of Hawston lies the famous fishing spot, Plankhuis — a place shrouded in romanticism and mystery..

Old Harbour Museum, Hermanus

Old Harbour Museum, Hermanus

The Old Harbour Open-Air Museum is a provincial heritage site. It is unique in that apparently it is one of only two fishing harbours in the world that has been conserved in tact.

The Windsor Hotel was built in 1896 as The Sanatorium

The Windsor Hotel was built in 1896 as The Sanatorium

The Windsor Hotel in Hermanus was built as the Sanatorium in 1896 has a long and proud history of 118 years. 

Voëlklip Beach and it's origin

Voëlklip Beach and it's origin

How and or where did Voëlklip Beach get it's name?

Old harbour, Hermanus by Tony de Freitas

Old harbour, Hermanus by Tony de Freitas

As long ago as 1855 the old Harbour provided a rocky but safe shelter for the small fishing boats whose owners were drawn to Hermanus by the abundance and variety of fish.

Hermanus station - 75 years of road transport

Hermanus station - 75 years of road transport

1912-1987 - In commemoration of the introduction of the road transportation service be­ tween Botriver and Her­manus on 23 December 1912.

Gearing's Point in Hermanus - Origin

Gearing's Point in Hermanus - Origin

Gearing's Point was named after Mr. Sydney Gearing a future mayor of Rondebosch who bought a cottage on the corner of Marine and Harbour Road.

Hermanus Timeline

Hermanus Timeline

Hermanus and it's origin, the chronological time line of Hermanus

The Remarkable Miss Ella Gordon

The Remarkable Miss Ella Gordon

The two horses pulling the farm wagon on which her coffin lay stepped out in time to the music of the Genadendal Brass Band, as she had taught them.  by Annalize Mouton

 

Cypress Tea Garden to the Burgundy Restaurant

Cypress Tea Garden to the Burgundy Restaurant

John Louis built the first cottage in 1876 (on what is now Harbour Road) and then a second at right angles to it, facing the sea...

The man who built the first fishing Boats in Hermanus

The man who built the first fishing Boats in Hermanus

Sweed Wessels, the man who build and repair the first fishing boats at the Hermanus Old Harbour?

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