Pellissier House Museum in Bethulie, Free State
Pellissier House, in Voortrekker Street, was built for Reverend Jean Pierre Pellissier, a missionary working in Bethulie during the period 1833-1867. It was erected in 1834-35, by a French missionary, C Gosselin craftsman of the French Mission Society who previously lived in Basutoland (Lesotho).
The woodwork was fashioned from willow originating from the banks of the Orange River, whilst the pitched roof was covered with reeds.
The original house had seven rooms with the front door facing East. The flat roofed area was added on in stages between 1852-1856.
Pellisier Museum is housed in this original mission station building and depicts the history of the area, including an exhibition on the Anglo-Boer War and concentration camp.
The building is one of the oldest settler-built buildings north of the Gariep.
The private cemetry holds the remains of the Reverend Pellissier, his wife, his father, four of his children and some grandchildren.
Monday to Friday, 08h00 - 16h00
Saturdays & Sundays by appointment only
The Pellissier Museum is a NPO organisation run by the local town's people themselves. Please donate generously to this good cause.
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