Fraserburg Town

Fraserburg Town

FRASERBURG

WHY FRASERBURG?

Ø  It is authentic

Ø  It has 3 tar roads

Ø  It has 3 stop streets in the main road

Ø  It takes 3 minutes to drive thru

Ø  It takes 3 days to take you on a tour

Ø  It has a registered tour guide

Ø  It only has 3000 people

Ø  It has Victorian style houses

Ø  It is a walking museum

Ø  Time stopped here

Ø  The last house was built in 1960

Ø  It has a restaurant

Ø  It has a Coffee Shop

Ø  It has a Take Away

Ø  It has guest houses

Ø  It has one church

Ø  It has two liquor stores

Ø  It has 255m years old fossils

Ø  It has 255 million years old fossil footprints.

Ø  It has a museum

Ø  It has a 8m Pepperpot

Ø  It has a historical cemetery

Ø  It has graves of a war crime

Ø  It is safe

Ø  There are no serious crimes

Ø  Children can walk freely

Ø  It has farmers

Ø  It has sheep

Ø  It has a co-ooperation

Ø  The mall is PEP

Ø  ABSA is the only bank

Ø  Sassa supports the town

Ø  Buildings are renovated

Ø  Petrol is only open from 7-7

Ø  It has a qualified mechanic

Ø  It does not have a attorney

Ø  It does not have a doctor

Ø  It does have a very good clinic

 

CULTURE AND HISTORY

Fraserburg was founded on 24 February 1851 on the farm Ayesfontein and established on the farm Rietfontein.

It was named after Reverend Fraser from Beaufort West who help established the town.

The first Europeans to settle in the area arrived here in 1780.

The Post-Office was opened in 1858, the Magistrate’s Office in 1859, the Police Station in 1860 and the Prison in 1861 (closed in 1968).
Fraserburg became a Municipality on 6 June 1862.

Fraserburg is a small town in the Northern Cape Province.

A 5 hour drive from Cape Town, it is one of the most authentic and well-preserved Karoo towns left in South Africa.

It is home to the famed Gansfontein pre historic footprints paleo surface, as well as the annual Logan Drama Festival, the longest established Afrikaans school drama festival in the country.

Die PEPERBUS (The Pepperpot), a well-known landmark in Fraserburg, was designed and built as an office for the Market Master in 1861 and stands 8.5m tall, with one door and one window.

The PEPPERPOT served over the next 150 years as Magistrate’s Private Office, the Market Master’s Office, library, council chamber, School Board Office and Store room.

There are many Victorian-era houses in the town, dating to the era of the WOOL BOOM around 1950

 WHY FRASERBURG?

ü  Come and see the oldest house in Fraserburg, built in1838 and bought from Albertus Visser to establish the town Fraserburg.

ü  See the “nagmaalkamers”

ü  Visit the old dam, build in the late 1860, with its “Damdag” public holiday.

ü  See the old power station with 7 Blackstone Lister engines.

ü  Discover why the Voortrekker Monument is broken in half.

ü  Take a stroll in Rossouw Street and see all the Victorian style Karoo Houses.

ü  Look at the “broekie lace“ and shaped corrugated Iron.

ü  See the church and wonder why it was built on the same place as the old one

ü  Wonder how oldthe corrugated iron fence.is

ü  Why is there a grave at the church?

ü  If you walked down Pastorie Avenue, you will see where the first Postmaster, Robert Cambell lived and where Olive Schreiner visited her brother in law.

ü  See the “Stadshuis”, and the Old Standard bank building, built in 1915 and now restored.

ü  The Anglican Church was built about 1870 by the same man who build the Pepperpot, Adam Jacobs.

ü  Discovered why the Anglican church was nearly demolished.

ü  Walk in Daneel Street, named after Reverend M S Daneel, 1906 – 1914, a former Springbok rugby player.

ü  In his time there was a tragedy where a friend of his died in a horse accident in Theekloof Pass.

ü  The historic cemetery is a source of very interesting stories.

o   See the grave of the young Dr. Olaf Manson who died sadly after he was bitten by a snake.

o   If you dare, stand under the TREE of DEATH.

o   Wonder why there is a lovely pond.

o   See the graves of the first war crime of the 20th century.

o   Stand still at the grave of Olive Schreiner’s sister’s 7 children

ü  Discovered the traditional suburb Ammerville

o   See the old Barrake, built for the English troops in the Anglo Boer War

o   See the unique APARTHEIDS PEPPERTREE AVENUE

o   Experience the friendly culture of the this unique Fraserburg community

 Since 1851 a lot has happened…

 Come, see and experience FRASERBURG….

 Our ONESTOPKNOWITALL  tour guide will tell you everything!