Mossel Bay Town Experience Tourist Route

STATION 2

Welcome to Station Two of the Mossel Bay Historical Tourist  Route.

You should be at the intersection of Church and Bland Street. Visible is the Bayview Centre, the Prince Vintcent Building as well as the Dutch Reformed Church.

Google Maps Co-ordinates -34.1812463994553, 22.142975292189206

YOU ARE HERE – STATION 2

What to expect from the route…

The Route is +/- 5km long and introduce you to the “Story” of Mossel Bay town and the Mossel Bay community. It is a circular route, so you can start at any point.

Feel free to take short cuts, stray from the route, but whatever you do, do not rush through our beautiful town. You will not get to know Mossel Bay by rushing, but you will experience Mossel Bay by taking your time and taking it in. The Route introduce you to things to do, food and drink to enjoy and sights to see.

General Tour Guide Tips:

  • Be careful when crossing streets.
  • Public Ablutions are located at the Point, Point Village, Harry Giddey Park and Santos Beach.
  • Private Ablutions are located at all restaurants if you are a patron.
  • Rubbish bins are located along the route, please keep our town clean.
  • Take it slow and enjoy all the activities and sights.
  • Support our local businesses along the way.
  • Mossel Bay Tourism office is located on the corner of Market and Church Streets
  • Mossel Bay Tourism website: visitmosselbay.co.za

Tour Guide Tips and Information: Station 2

Read the Buildings Through the Ages Story on the pedestal or below.

You are standing in front of the Vincent (1820) and Prince Vincent & Co building (1901) (on the opposite side of Bland Street.  The Bayside Centre is located to the north with various shopping opportunities.  The Arch is the Prince Vincent Building was designed to enable ox-wagons to enter into the building.  Please enter Vincent Square the same way the ox-wagons did, for shopping, food and drink. 

To the next station

Proceed east down Bland street to Station 3 (160 m) which is located in Crook Square on the corner of Crook and Bland Street .  You will pass several tourism related businesses and historic buildings on both sides of Bland Street; ABC Bank building (1877), Andersons Building – look out (1881), Jongensskool building the first school in Mossel Bay (1872).

BUILDINGS THROUGH THE AGES

Buildings and building styles tell stories about people from different nationalities and culture who have come and gone  through the centuries. The buildings offer a visual evidence of the layering in time from the pre-colonial period, the Portuguese period (1488-1652), the early Dutch period (1652-1840), the establishment of the town (1840-1870) and the growth and expansion of the town from 1870 to 1920. Thereafter followed the periods before and after the Second World War (1940s) with the typical sandstone-and-veranda building style.

Some 200 original buildings have been conserved in Mossel Bay’s Old Town area. Now, take yourself back in time and imagine a small village with about 30 dwellings. In the area around Market Square, you will find yourself surrounded by buildings from the earliest times:  the Granary (1786, rebuilt in 1987), 10 Church Street (1857), the Barry Building which is now the Protea Hotel (1849).  By 1879 both the First Municipal (1858) and Second Municipal Buildings (1879), which today accommodates the Tourist Office complex were established.  

Walking down Bland Street along the tourist route you will notice buildings from 1824 to 1910:  Prince Vintcent & Co (1824-1903), Errol’s (1877 ABC Bank),  Andersen’s (1881),  De Marillac Building  (1875, now houses De Jager’s ),    Jongensskool (1872),  Marine Hotel (1858), Searles Manor (1902), Customs House (1874), the Goodsshed (1900) and Alex Comay store (1888) which is now the Yellow Door Art Gallery. 

A detailed brochure is available from the Tourism Office or can be downloaded at www.visitmosselbay.co.za  where you can find anecdotes about what the buildings were used for and the people who erected them.

Suggestion… if you would like to take yourself back in time to 1848, go and take a peek at the Munro Cottages which are located at the Dias Museum Complex. Now simply take a minute (or two!) and imagine what the village looked like, and how it has changed, through the ages.

Vintcent Square

Other Buildings of Interest

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