Plettenberg Bay’s Old Timber Shed, a cornerstone of the town’s history, is set for a revitalisation that will combine its rich heritage with modern amenities. The Van Plettenberg Historical Society (VPHS) recently unveiled ambitious plans to transform the 238-year-old building into a vibrant hub for locals and tourists alike.

Originally built in 1786 by Johann Jacob Jerling for the Dutch East India Company, the Timber Shed played a crucial role in storing timber for the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. Remarkably, the Jerling family’s connection to the building continues today. At a recent VPHS meeting held at the historic Old Rectory, the Society welcomed two new members – descendants of the original builder, Dion and Andre Jerling. This momentous occasion further solidified the importance of preserving Plettenberg Bay’s past.

The proposed renovations are designed to celebrate the Timber Shed’s history while ensuring its relevance for future generations. The plans include the creation of a museum showcasing the building’s story and Plettenberg Bay’s heritage. Visitors can also look forward to a welcoming coffee shop, a tourist information center, and a modern auditorium for educational presentations.

This exciting transformation will not only safeguard a significant piece of Plettenberg Bay’s heritage but also create a new destination for locals and visitors to learn, relax, and appreciate the town’s rich history.

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