A few weeks ago my family and I went to Richmond for the weekend and on the way home stopped in at Baynesfield Museum. Set in beautiful grounds, with a Victorian house as its centerpiece, the Museum is a fascinating place with various buildings and sheds housing all sorts of different things. The estate was founded by Joseph Baynes in 1863 and after he died in 1925, leaving no heirs, the estate was left in trust for all South Africans to enjoy.
Baynes House, built in 1882 from Pietermaritzburg red brick, has a sweeping set of 20 stairs leading up to the verandah and front door – it really is beautiful and one can imagine sitting on that verandah enjoying a gin and tonic in the afternoon! The Camelia bushes on each side of the staircase were planted by Joseph Baynes and his wife second wife Sarah, and they still flower to this day. The house still has many of the original pieces of furniture – it really is well worth a visit. Continued
Article by: The SA-Venues Team