Millwood House: Our recent past

Visit this yellowwood house built in the Knysna forests in 1880s. Now situated in town, it houses exhibitions of local history

Millwood House was originally built in the Millwood mining village in the Knysna forests - site of South Africa’s first modern-era gold mining boon. (It was a very short one!)

The building was dismantled and moved to Knysna after the mines were exhausted. It’s now one of the five buildings that make up the Knysna Museum.  

Find us

  • Millwood House, corner Queen Street & Clyde Street, Knysna
  • Latitude, longitude -34.037275, 23.050865
  • From Knysna Central: drive eastwards on Main Street towards Plettenberg Bay. Turn right into Queen Street at the stone church (St. George’s Anglican Church); you’ll find Millwood House on your left on the corner at the T-junction

Knysna Museum hours

  • Mondays to Fridays: 9.00 a.m. to 4.00pm
  • Saturdays: 9.00 a.m. to 12.00pm

Knysna Museum contact

  • Telephone: +27 (0)44 302 6320

Belvidere and the Duthie family

The story of the village of Belvidere, its famous, Norman-style church, and one Thomas Henry Duthie, a son-in-law of George Rex, the ‘founder’ of Knysna

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Portland and the Barrington family

The development and history of the Portland farm and the story of its founder, Henry Frederick Francis Adair Barrington

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The Benn family, pilots at The Heads

Five members of the Benn family served as pilots, coxswains, and harbourmasters at the Knysna Heads between 1868 and 1954.

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The Knysna Fires of 2017

Fires that raged from the 7th of June, 2017, in the Knysna and Plettenberg Bay area claimed the lives of seven people, devastated 16,000 hectares of plantations, fynbos, and urban areas, and caused billions of rands of damage to infrastructure and property.

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