The Timber Shed

11th November 2016

Plett’s oldest building, the Timber Shed, situated in Meeding Street, was named one of the country’s top ten cultural heritage sites.   The building was commissioned in 1786 as a storehouse for timber and completed in 1788 for the Dutch East India Company.   The remains of the building have been partially restored several times and  was declared a national monument in 1961.

 

Other historical sites include the caves at Robberg where Stone Age man lived.   A well-known restaurant in town takes its name from the Sao Goncales shipwreck where survivors came ashore in 1630 and lived here for a while.   By 1776 the first Dutch settlers had arrived and the rest , as the saying goes, is history.