Wondering what to do on a wet or beautiful sunny Saturday morning in George?
Take the gravel road up the historic Montagu Pass, – it is one of the four passes that traverse the Outeniqua mountains – and you will stumble upon the old Toll House. The gravel road leading up the 8km long pass is signposted from the N12 towards Oudtshoorn. Starting from the George side and travelling up the incline the first and only building that you will come across on the pass is the stone Toll House.
Until the building of Outeniqua pass as we know it today the Montagu pass was the main route between Cape Town and Grahamstown.
The Toll House dates back to year 1855. According to old records the toll was a whopping two pennies per wheel, a penny per draft animal, two pennies for losloop animals, and half a penny for each sheep, goat or pig.
During the winter of July 1855 the toll house was all but destroyed in a forest fire. It was later repaired, and its thatched roof was replaced with corrugated iron, as you see it today. However over the years the stone work started to show its age, but The Friends of the Old Toll House stepped in, got a stone mason, and restored it to what it is today.
On Saturday mornings The Friends of the Old Toll House sell pancakes and coffee to raise some much needed funds for the upkeep and ongoing restoration of the old building and to preserve history. Make the effort and stop for a traditional pancake and at the same time support a good cause!