26.9000° S, 27.4500° E - Parys Town Square, Liebenberg Trek Str Cell: 083 650 8712 - Email: email@example.com
OUR HERITAGE - A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE...
Hundreds of old and historic photos can be seen here as well as exhibits explaining the early days in Parys. Many documents and facts are available, for instance, not many people know that the grounds of the present Palm Court hotel actually strechted down to the river. In the days of old, lady visitors at the hotel, with fancy hats and umbrellas, strolled down through gardens to the river to take in the scenery. Or, did you know that the ferry to the old Transvaal actually left from what is now the Ferry House at O's Restaurant. Did you drive down President Street recently? You can come and see a picture showing the road as a wild footpath in the old days. Old photos of people swimming and diving at the then famous Mimosa gardens, or photos of the ladies being rowed around the islands for that stolen moment, will bring on a smile. A large scale relief map can also be seen. This will give interested people an idea of the river flowing past Parys as well as a layout of the many islands in the river.
Declared a National Monument in May 1986, The building, erected in 1904, was built in the architectural style of the short 'Orange River Colony' period. The building is one of only a few sites of this period remaining today. Due to a lack of office space, the Municipal Council of Parys bought the plot and building on 27 January 1948 for an amount of 2,525 Pounds. During it's lifetime the building housed Barclays Bank from 1955-1956 and used later by the Oranje Vroue Vereniging. The Municipal Clinic and Health Department was also later housed in the building leading up to the end of 1976.
She is a very passionate person when it comes to the history of Parys and the surrounding area, which include the famous Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. With a background of photography, printing, work at a production house and advertising companies in Johannesburg, Iris was the natural candidate for becoming the Parys Museum Society’s curator. Since re-opening the museum to the public three years ago, 12 457 visitors was taken on a tour through the building. They enjoy the informality and personal touch. Visiting hours are: Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm and weekends from 9am to 1pm. The Museum is closed on Wednesday. Contact Iris: 083 650 8714 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org