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Barry's Church
Here are a collection of interesting stories by Jan Langenhoven, a local historian from Witsand (also known as Whitesands). Anybody with stories or photographs on the history or people of Whitesands and Port Beaufort, can contact Jan by e-mail This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it or write to Box 71, Whitesands 6666. His Afrikaans book titled Gooi Los! with many more stories on Witsand's fishermen has been published in 2012.




Villiersdorp Architecture PDF Print E-mail

Villierdorp BuildingHere are a few interesting buildings in the quaint town of Villiersdorp.


Historiese Anglikaanse kerkgebou brand af PDF Print E-mail

Villiersdorp DamStories van die verlede - Uittreksel uit Die Burger

’n Groot kruis en twee koperkandelare is ál wat behoue gebly het in die historiese Anglikaanse kerk op dié dorp wat Sondag in ’n vernietigende brand verwoes is.
Inwoners het steeds na die kerkterrein van die St. Augustinus-kerk gestroom om na die skade te kom kyk.

Out and about in Villiersdorp PDF Print E-mail

Villiersdorp DamAt the heart of a prosperous fruit growing region, Villiersdorp is one of many gems of the Overberg. Ideally situated between Worcester and Grabouw, within driving distance of Franschhoek, this picturesque little town and its friendly inhabitants enjoy a peaceful life in a quiet valley.


Legendary 'Spookhuis' on Mosaic farm PDF Print E-mail


Image For over a century, people have sailed across the lagoon or traveled the old ox-wagon to visit the abandoned “Spookhuis” (Afrikaans for Spook House). Some camped on the grassy shore by the old stone homestead and told scary stories in the moonlit nights. Evidence of their passage was engraved throughout all the plaster walls, one of which commented on the reputation of the house by asserting “This place ain’t haunted”. The Spookhuis is a legend and local landmark.  
A twelve month historical restoration returned this enchanting manor house back to its original grandeur. It is now a magnificent facility for weddings, conferences, special events, private parties, and wine dinners.  When the Johnson Family purchased the farm in 2002, the Spookhuis was in a state of complete ruin.  Graffiti filled the walls, floor boards had been torn up and burned inside the home, and doors, windows and most interior trim had been taken out long before.  The only residents of the Spookhuis for over a half century were barn owls, thus the floors were covered with a thick carpet of owl pellets!
Cape architect, Gregg Goddard, with his expert knowledge of historical buildings, pieced together building debris to reconstruct the original character of the old homestead.  The house reveals details of the English Georgian Period with a symmetrical façade, spacious proportions of the rooms and windows, and an arched Palladian entry. This style is also evident in the deep-set wooden door and window casings, built-in cupboards, and a central hall.

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