George, situated at the foot of the towering Outeniqua Mountains is a picturesque town filled with history. It was the first new magistracy to be established after the 2nd British occupation of the Cape. The district was proclaimed in April 1811 when the governor, the Earl of Caledon, named it George Town in honour of the reigning King of England, George III.Read More
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Round about 1772 a woodcutter’s post was established on the Swart River near George. This was the first sign that the Cape was now looking at this wood rich area as a potential source of revenue.
One of the town’s most famous landmarks and legends is the Slave Tree, an ancient English oak, planted in 1811 where a large chain and lock is embedded into the trunk. Legend has it that slaves were chained to this tree waiting to be sold.
For insight into the history of the area, one can visit The George Museum which is housed in a stately historic building which used to be the drostdy and dates back to 1811.
Today George boasts a growing airport, a thriving agricultural industry and a great base for a golfing or family holiday.
George’s Outeniqua Transport Museum takes one back to that wonderful time of steam locomotives. Amongst this excellent collection, a coach from the Royal Train of 1947 and Johannesburg’s first steam locomotive, and the impressive G L Garrett, together with the coach and private saloons of Paul Kruger can also be viewed, amongst many others.