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Aberdeen

Situated on the N9 between Graaff Reinet and the Garden Route, Aberdeen offers history for the mind and peace for the soul. The district is renowned for its wool and mohair, being the largest mohair producing area in South Africa. Aberdeen was founded in 1856. Named after the birthplace of Rev. Andrew Murray in Scotland, it was originally a farm called "Brakfontein". The deeds to the land were signed by Lord Charles Somerset in 1817. Aberdeen is declared an architectural conservation town and a veritable repository of styles including Victorian, Georgian, Karoo, German, Gothic Revival, Russian, Art Nouveau and Flemish Revival can be found here. Excellent examples of the ostrich baron dwellings can be seen. Strolling through this historic town one is able to discover its rich heritage. Today Aberdeen is a town attracting many newcomers, some of them refugees from the big cities! With the healthy climate and the slow pace of life, the town presents a relaxing alternative to the stresses and strains of modern life.

Attractions

  • The Ostrich Palaces – Pagel House, Greenfields and Villeria
  • Nederduitsche Gereformeerde (NG) Kerk and the Biblical Art Panels in the church hall and the olive tree in the grounds of the church, grown from a cutting taken from the Garden of Gethsemane
  • The Cemetery (with Boer War graves)
  • World Famous Painted Ostrich Eggs By Local Resident and Artist Carlos Garcez de Sousa
  • The Magistrate’s Court and Post Office

For more information visit the Aberdeen Publicity and Tourism Office website.

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