There may be 39 places in the world called Wellington, but there is only one in Africa! Set in the heart of the Cape Winelands, South Africa’s Wellington played and still plays a very important role in the country’s wine industry. On this walking tour, you’ll learn about this small town’s historic buildings and the interesting, unconventional and oftentimes quirky personalities that walked its streets before you.
My name is Olivia and I’m the curator at the Wellington Museum, where you’ll find one of the most extensive collections in a small town museum. I was born and bred here and have a great passion for my town and its people. Join me on this tour and I’ll fill you in on the history of Wellington, share some interesting stories and point out a handful of special buildings.
The tour’s highlights include:
• Learning about Andrew Murray, South Africa’s ‘Father of Education’
• Hearing about the ‘Leopard of the Masonic Hotel’
• Seeing the home of the selfless Countess of Stamford who was born into slavery
• Discovering Africa’s most famous piano factory
• Visiting the former school building that closed after its principal joined a sect
• Listening to the story of Piet Retief, one of Wellington’s famous sons
Whether it’s your first time in this Cape Winelands town or you’re a local who’s curious about its fascinating history, this tour is a delightful introduction to Wellington’s stories of yesteryear.
Allow 1.5-2 hours for this walk. There are several coffee shops and restaurants en route for a quick (or lengthy) stop.