Harrismith

Harrismith

Are you ready for an adventure? Look no further than the charming town of Harrismith in the Free State province of South Africa. Founded in 1849 and named after British Governor Harry Smith, this historic town is rich in culture and offers plenty of opportunities for exploration.

Harrismith

Are you ready for an adventure? Look no further than the charming town of Harrismith in the Free State province of South Africa. Founded in 1849 and named after British Governor Harry Smith, this historic town is rich in culture and offers plenty of opportunities for exploration.

The town was initially laid out by Robert Moffat, but was later moved to its present location in January 1850 due to a lack of water at its previous site. As Harrismith grew, it quickly became a bustling hub during the diamond rush at Kimberley. Hotels, stores, and public buildings flourished, and by the 1880s, Harrismith was considered the second-largest town in the Orange Free State.

One of the most notable features of Harrismith is the Wilge River, which posed a significant challenge for the town’s infrastructure and communication. In response, the government built two bridges in 1884, allowing for safer and more efficient transportation.

The town’s rich history is evident everywhere you look. Take a stroll down Warden Street, named after Major Henry D. Warden, a British resident in Bloemfontein. Visitors can also explore several blockhouses, engineering works, and a military cemetery that were used during the South African (Anglo-Boer) War.

Located just 90 kilometers west of Ladysmith and a similar distance east of Bethlehem, Harrismith is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding areas. The small nearby hamlet of Swinburne is named after Sir John Swinburne, a gold prospector.

From history buffs to outdoor enthusiasts, Harrismith offers something for everyone. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to discover this hidden gem in the Free State province.

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