The Timber Shed

In August 1786 the Dutch East India Company decreed erection of the Timber Shed for storage of timber prior to shipment by sea.

timberShedThe contract went to local settler Jan Jakob Jerling (some of whose descendants still live in Plett).  The first timber was shipped out in August 1788; but the project had limited success and failed to survive the colony’s First British Occupation in 1795. The Timber Shed was declared a national monument in 1936.