Pitt Street House: Our heritage in stone

Visit this old building - originally a labourer’s cottage at Parkes Sawmill in Knysna - for our exhibition exploring our heritage in stone

This little cottage was one of three originally erected in Pitt Street for workers at Parkes Sawmill (now the Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre). When the cottages were relocated in 1998 to make way for a new development, the Parkes family donated this one to the Knysna Museum. It now houses a series of recently completed (February 2020) interactive posters that explore our heritage in stone:

  • Geology of the Knysna Basin
  • The Knysna Heads
  • Early Stone Age archaeology in Knysna
  • Middle Stone Age archaeology in Knysna
  • Knysna's gold rush
  • How the gold was formed

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Find us

  • Pitt St. House (behind 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 the Pitt St. House behind Millwood House. Enter via Millwood House.

Knysna museum hours

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

Museum contact

  • Telephone: +27 (0)44 302 6320

Our Heritage in Stone

Geology of the Knysna Basin

How the landscape of the Knysna Basin was formed

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The Knysna Heads

How The Heads were formed; some of the features of the Knysna Estuary; history of the river mouth; origins of the name, 'Knysna.'

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Earlier Stone Age archaeology in Knysna

People have lived in Knysna for more than 300,000 years

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Middle Stone Age archaeology in Knysna

How the archaeology of the Knysna area is contributing to our understanding of early modern human behaviour

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Knysna's fossil hominin footprints

Forty fossilised hominin footprints in a beach-side cave near Knysna: “The largest and best preserved archive of Late Pleistocene hominin tracks found to date.”

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Knysna's gold rush

The story of the Millwood gold fields (in the forests northwest of Knysna) in the context of gold mining in Southern Africa


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How the gold was formed

'Lode Gold Mineralisation at the Millwood Gold Field'

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