History of Pascaltsdorp

Province: Western Cape
Garden route
Coordinates:34°1′S 22°27′E
Area:10.19 km2
Municipality­ – George

Pacaltsdorp was established as a mission station at Hoogekraal in 1812 when the local chief Dikkop, asked the London Missionary Society for assistance for his people. That year the Reverand Carl August Pacalt was sent from Suurbraak to found this mission station. Pacalt did wonderful work here until his death in 1818 when the area was named Pacaltsdorp in his honour. The unique Norman-style church has metre-thick rough stone walls. It was built from stone, yellowwood, glass, and clay.  One can see for miles around from the tall, square battlemented Norman-style tower.

Despite all the efforts of Kaptein Dikkop to spread the gospel amongst his followers, he was buried outside the mission’s burial ground about 100 metres from the church because apparently, he had never converted to Christianity. His grave is a national monument and it may still be seen near the burial grounds. Rev. Charles Pacalt, Rev John Brown Milne, Rev. Anderson also are buried in this peaceful spot.

The “Patat Huisie”  is another interesting building. It was constructed in 1813 by Rev Pacalt as a second mission cottage. It has sod walls and a thatched roof. The floor is made from cow-dung. It was declared a national monument in 1976. William Anderson built the first manse, next to Pacalt’s little two-roomed cottage. This is a two-storied building with thick stone walls. Yellowwood was used for all the wooden elements it was also declared a national monument in 1976.

Things to see and do in Pascaltsdorp:

  • The stone church built in the Gothic Revival style


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Useful Numbers in Pascaltsdorp

  • Police: 044 803 9100
  • Municipality – 0800 123 4567
  • Traffic department:044 878 2400
  • Fire: George Brandweer and Nooddienste-044 801 631
  • Water:
  • Electricity:044 874 3917
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office;044 878 2520
  • Library:044 803 9340
  • Closest hospital;George Hospital-ER-044 874 5122
  • Clinic -044 803 9100
  • Pharmacy;044 878 1707
  • SPCA: Garden Route Spca-044 878 1990
  • Schools; Pacaltsdorp Primary School-044 878 2019
    Pacaltsdorp High School-044 878 2500                                                                                    [/vc_column_text]

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