The
Cultural, Historical and Natural Attractions of
RICHMOND
and some neighbouring towns

Excludes ACCOMMODATION & Restaurant listings

Researched and written by Darrel Conolly
March 2010

RICHMOND

RICHMOND is 350km southwest of BLOEMFONTEIN, 400km southwest of KIMBERLEY, 400km northeast of LAINGSBURG, and 430km northwest of PORT ELIZABETH 

Info   Tel:  053 693 0665   www.richmondnc.co.za

RICHMOND TODAY   Like so many Upper Karoo towns, the principal activities in the surrounding district revolve around sheep farming and hunting. Prior to the early 1980s, the N1 from Cape Town to Johannesburg ran through the centre of town. So it was that the town developed on either side of two parallel roads, each about a mile long. Numerous fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian Karoo architecture to this day line these roads, many of them national monuments.
     Richmond, in 2008, became South Africa's first BookTown, and with twelve bookshops presently in operation, hosts the annual Richmond Book Festival.
  
   
Museums, Cultural & Archaeological Sites
Richmond Museum, Loop Street, cnr Leep Street, Richmond   Tel: 053 693 0176 or 053 693 0595 

Monuments, Memorials & Cemeteries
Anglo-Boer War Graves, Old Anglican Cemetery, Paul Street, Richmond 
Market Square Garden
,
cnr Loop and Mark streets, Richmond 

Buildings of Historical & Architectural Significance
Anglican Church, cnr Pienaar and Stuart streets, Richmond
Anglo-Boer War Fort
, Vegkop Lane, off Leep Street, Richmond   Tel: 053 693 0665    
De Oude Dak
,
237 Paul Street, Richmond 
Old Driefontein Farmstead,
214 Paul Street, Richmond
Old Driefontein Farm Manager's House,
Spring Street at its intersection with Loop Street, Richmond 
Dutch Reformed Church, Loop Street, Richmond   Tel: 053 693 0015
Fossilized Trees
,
Ka-Ma Restaurant, 1 Spring Street, Richmond
Hitching Post
,
cnr Kerk and Loop streets, Richmond   
Sprigg Bridge
,
Spring Street at its intersection with Pienaar Street, Richmond 
Victoria Guest House, 125 Pienaar Street, Richmond   Tel: 053 693 0788

BRITSTOWN

BRITSTOWN is 111km northwest of RICHMOND on the R398 (gravel), and 169km northwest via the N1 and N10

Museums, Cultural & Archaeological Sites
Britstown Museum, Raath Street, Britstown   Tel: 053 672 0003
San Rock Art 
NB
Numerous excellent examples of San Rock Art can be found in the district surrounding Britstown. These are all located in remote areas on private property
BRAKWATER FARM   Tel: 053 6712 ask for 2222
KEURFONTEIN FARM   Tel: 0594 1911   
MARITZDAM HOLIDAY FARM, 60km northwest of Britstown on the R10   Tel: 053 6713 ask for 4111 or 4113  
OMDRAAIVLEI FARM    Tel: 0594 61334      

Monuments, Memorials & Cemeteries
Anglo-Boer War Garden of Remembrance, West End Cemetery, Victoria Street, Britstown

Buildings of Historical & Architectural Significance
Dutch Reformed Church, Kerk Street, Britstown     

DE AAR

DE AAR is 92km north of RICHMOND on the R388 (partially gravel), and 119km north via the N1 and N10  

Monuments, Memorials & Cemeteries
Anglo-Boer War Garden of Remembrance, Old Cemetery, on the R48 to Philipstown, De Aar 
Deelfontein Cemetery,
46km southwest of De Aar on the R388
      
Buildings of Historical & Architectural Significance
Railway Station, Friedlander Street, De Aar
St Paul's Anglican Church,
Friedlander Street, cnr Alida Street, De Aar
Schreiner House Restaurant
,
9 Grundlingh Street, cnr Van Zyl Street, De Aar   Tel: 053 631 3535

HANOVER

HANOVER is 61km northeast of RICHMOND on the N1 

Museums, Cultural & Archaeological Sites
Hanover Museum, Viljoen Street, Hanover   Tel: 053 643 0038 or 053 643 0041

Monuments, Memorials & Cemeteries
Grave of The Taaibosch Three, Old Cemetery, Styger Street, Hanover
Trappieskop,
Mark Street, Hanover   Tel: 053 643 0053  

Buildings of Historical & Architectural Significance
Anglican Church, Kerk Street, Hanover  
Anglo-Boer War Field Hospital
,
cnr Ryneveld and Darling streets, Hanover
Blockhouse Ruins
,
New Holme Guest Farm, 33km northeast of Hanover off the N1   Tel: 053 643 0193   Cell: 082 567 9211   
Cape Dutch Dwelling
,
11 Christoffel Street, Hanover
CJV Zaal
,
Mark Street, Hanover  
Cronwright Schreiner's Second Office
,
Loop Street, Hanover    Tel: 053 643 0256   
Dutch Reformed Church,
Viljoen Street, Hanover   Tel: 053 643 0017
Olive Schreiner House,
Grace Street, cnr Nuwe Street, Hanover  
Police Station
,
Kerk Street, Hanover   Tel: 053 643 0002  

LOXTON

LOXTON is xxxkm west of RICHMOND via the xxx (gravel) and R63, and 208km west via the N1 and R63
 
Info   Tel: 053 381 3091 or 083 384 8223 


Museums, Cultural & Archaeological Sites
San Rock Art 
DETAIL   Kafferskraal, (Distance from Loxton / Road?)  
Tel: 053 3812 ask for 1513
 
Buildings of Historical & Architectural Significance
Dutch Reformed Church, (?) Street, Loxton 
Old Gaol
, (?) Street, Loxton 
Replica Dutch Castle & Windmill
, Van Aswegenfontein farm, (?)Road  

MIDDELBURG

Middelburg is 108km east of Richmond on the R398 (partially gravel), and 154km east via the N1 and N10

Museums, Cultural & Archaeological Sites
Middelburg Museum, cnr Van der Walt and Bennie streets, Middelburg   Tel: 049 842 1104 or 049 842 1834    
PW Vorster Museum, Grootfontein College of Agriculture, 0.5km north of town on  the N9, Middelburg   Tel: 049 842 1113   Email: e-mail
    
Monuments, Memorials & Cemeteries
Cemetery, Van Reenen Street, Middelburg

Buildings of Historical & Architectural Significance
De Waal House, 2 Richmond Road, Middelburg 
Old Haystead & Ford Building,
7 Mark Street, Middelburg
Huis Karoo, Grootfontein College of Agriculture, 0.5km north of town on the N9, Middelburg    Tel: 049 842 1113   Email: info.relations@gfn.agric.za <span style="color:#e8e8ff;">bpipal@geosciences.wits.ac.za <span style="color:#e8e8ff;">www.owlhouse.co.za    

Monuments, Memorials & Cemeteries
Cemetery, Grave Street, Nieu Bethesda  
Adjacent to a park and the sports ground lies the village cemetery. With graves dating back hundreds of years, many of them unmarked save for their beautiful local stone; this is as peaceful a place as any to get a sense of the town's history. Amongst the hundreds buried here is the grave of a British soldier who died in a skirmish during the Anglo-Boer War. 

Buildings of Historical & Architectural Significance
Anglican Church, Hudson Street, Nieu Bethesda 
Dutch Reformed Church
, Kerk Street, Nieu Bethesda  Tel: 082 457 5211 
Village Inn
, New Street, Nieu Bethesda   Tel: 049 841 1635 
Old Waenhuis, cnr Martin and Hudson streets, Nieu Bethesda   Tel: 049 841 1627
Old Watermill, Pienaar Street, Nieu Bethesda

NOUPOORT

NOUPOORT is 136km northeast of RICHMOND via the N10 and N1

Museums, Cultural & Archaeological Sites
British Military Museum, Shaw Street, Noupoort   Tel:    
Open (???) 
       
Monuments, Memorials & Cemeteries
Anglo-Boer War Garden of Remembrance, Gerrie Opperman Street, Noupoort
Darrell Hall - 5 251 24 

Buildings of Historical & Architectural Significance
Blockhouse, Hospital Hill, Noupoort 
 
Nature & Game Reserves
Transkaroo Hiking Trail, (Distance from Noupoort / Road?)
Tel: 049 842 2112 
DETAILS  

VICTORIA WEST

VICTORIA WEST is 90km west of RICHMOND by way of a predominantly gravel road, and 135km via the N1 and R63

Museums, Cultural & Archaeological Sites
Apollo Theatre, Kerk Street, Victoria West    
Bradysaurus Fossil,
Melton Wold, 40km west of Victoria West on the R63   Tel: 053 621 0906   Email:  http://www.meltonwold.co.za 
Mannetjies Roux Rugby Museum,
Victoria Trading Post, Helpmekaar Street, Victoria West   Tel: 053 621 0353
Victoria West Regional Museum, 47 Kerk Street, Victoria West   Tel: 053 621 0413   

Buildings of Historical & Architectural Significance
Anglican Church, Victoria West   
Blockhouse
,
Hutchinson, 13km southeast of Victoria West on the Richmond road    
Dutch Reformed Church
,
Kerk Street, Victoria West   
Oude Pastorie,
1 Cypress Street, Victoria West   Tel: 053 621 0979  
Victorian Quarter


Nature & Game Reserves
Victoria West Nature Reserve, 1km west of Victoria West on theR63    Tel: 082 458 1639 or 053 621 0026

VOSBURG

Vosburg is 172km northwest of Richmond via the R398, N12 and ??, and 205km northwest via the R388, N10 and ??

Museums, Cultural & Archaeological Sites
Khoisan Implements 
Keurfontein, (Distance from Vosburg / Road?) 
Mrs (?) van Heerden, (?) Street 
Vosburg Museum, (?) Street, Vosburg   Tel: 053 673 0021 

Buildings of Historical & Architectural Significance
Dutch Reformed Church, (?) Kerk Street, Vosburg   Tel:


Copyright:

Darrel Conolly
: darrelconolly@yahoo.co.za