Baynesfield Museum

Baynesfield Museum

Situated in the scenic Natal Midlands is the Baynesfield Estate. Located a short distance from the town of Richmond, the museum was founded by Joseph Baynes in 1863. Joseph Baynes was one of the original Byrne Settlers who came to South Africa from England at the age of eight. At the time of Baynes' death in 1925 he owned a vast network of butter factories, creameries, bacon factories and swine farms, which was considered to be the largest agricultural operation in South Africa.
Joseph Baynes was one of the first in Natal to mechanize his operations and strongly supported the establishment of the agricultural college at Cedara, as well as the promotion of agriculture at university level.

The dreaded East Coast fever which was transmitted by a ticks killed vast amounts of livestock in periodic outbreaks. Baynes was sure that the problem could be overcome by cattle dipping and adapted an Australian method to suit the local conditions. As a result of his newly developed process Baynes lost only eight cattle during the subsequent major epidemic. Baynes entered into parliament in 1890, represented the Ixopo division for twenty years. He also constructed a narrow gauge railway to assist farmers getting their goods to market, as well as assisting with the development of Durban's Maydon Wharf Baynes also suggested that Richards Bay be developed as a port.

When Baynes died at age 83, he left his home to the government asking that it be used as an agricultural research centre. He also founded the Baynes Memorial Home for men and boys located in Pietermaritzburg. The old Victorian style home and museum have been fully restored and are open to the public by appointment. There is also a 14 km hiking trail on the estate, and guests can overnight in a stone cottage which was built with the original stone from another cottage built by Baynes.

The Baynesfield museum features a number of sites, which include the Dairy museum, housed inside the first butter factory built in Natal in 1899. The original refrigeration room used on the Baynesfield estate displays various exhibits of the Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club. Joseph Baynes' original homestead is today the home of the Antique Woodworkers Club also known as " The Woodpeckers", who give demonstrations using antique wood working tools. A Blacksmith can also be found there. Located within the Old Cheese Factory there is a interesting collection of antique sewing machines, and a pictorial representation, which shows of the development of the Baynes House Gardens. Baynes was a protector of the rights, liberties and dignities of unrepresented Blacks and Indians, and there is a small collection of Indian items on display inside the museum.

Accommodation Near Baynesfield Museum

Thorner House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Camperdown

11.0km North East of Baynesfield Museum

Thorner House is a situated on our sugarcane farm, halfway between Hillcrest and Pietermaritzburg. Beautifully decorated, Thorner House offers a wonderful retreat from the busy city life.

Thorner Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Camperdown

11.2km North East of Baynesfield Museum

Thorner Cottage is situated on our sugarcane farm, overlooking a lovely 4ha bass dam, which guests are welcome to make use of, and surrounded by beautiful hills which makes for lovely walks.

Logos Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

11.7km North of Baynesfield Museum

Logos Lodge offers 5 double or twin rooms allowing you to have individual attention as well as total privacy. All rooms are serviced daily and have en-suite bathrooms as well as their own private entrance.

Little Europe

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

13.9km North of Baynesfield Museum

Little Europe Bed & Breakfast accommodation is situated 2km from Hayfields shopping centre, Scottsville Race Course, Nedbank Centre and Natal University.

Sleeps: 10 in 3 units/rooms

Babbling Brook B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

15.0km North West of Baynesfield Museum

Situated 5 minutes from the centre of the City of Pietermaritzburg and 2 minutes from the National Botanic Gardens, Babbling Brook offers 3 tastefully decorated rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms

Aberfeldy B & B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

15.2km North of Baynesfield Museum

Aberfeldy Bed and Breakfast is personally supervised by owners Phyll and Roy Geyser together their willing and friendly staff and a warm and friendly welcome awaits you. We are your 'home from home'.

Gillys Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Camperdown

15.3km East of Baynesfield Museum

If you need a break from the busy city life, Gilly's offers tranquil wide open spaces, amazing views with incredible sunrises and sunsets.There is a trampoline, tennis court and an entertainment area with braai facilities for the Guests to use ...


Brevisbrook Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

15.6km North West of Baynesfield Museum

Enjoy the warmest hospitality in Pietermaritzburg as Patrick Laundy welcomes you to Brevisbrook. Guests feel most relaxed in this peaceful country style property set in lush surroundings overlooking indigenous trees and a bubbling stream.

Sleeps: 23 in 6 units/rooms

Lincoln Cottages

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

15.9km North of Baynesfield Museum

Lincoln Cottages was conceived, designed and landscaped by Ken and Monica Phillips. The tastefully decorated Cottages were hand built by the owners, and therefore the accommodation which is offered bears a reflection of love.

Sleeps: 10 in 3 units/rooms

At Home Self Catering 24

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Pietermaritzburg Area

16.1km North of Baynesfield Museum

At Home Self Catering are up-market, stylish apartments offering convenience and comfort at great value. Don't take our word for it, we were recently were voted best value and best self catering accommodation for our area!