Travel down memory lane – a peek at some Wolseley History

Discover Wolseley – Explore, Taste, Stay.

Discover Wolseley history along the Forgotten Highway between Wolseley and Ceres.

Travelling and sleeping in ox-wagons may be a thing of the past, but when you visit the Witzenberg Valley you can now sleep and eat in comfort while considering just some of the challenges that our pioneers must have experienced. When you discover Wolseley, there are some highly recommended stops to include on your way.

Today three restaurants and the Winterberg Mountain Inn, owned by former newspaper editors and journalists Reint & Karien Grobler proudly line a beautiful stretch of road with its rich road-building heritage between Wolseley and Ceres. Here you can sleep & eat following the footsteps of our south african pioneers, nestled in the shadow of the Mostershoek Mountain, sample traditional meals and if you are lucky, meet a friendly ghost..

Reint & Karien Grobler, renowned for their country hospitality, are also a great source of local history and knowledge. Their website offers some great history snippets of the area.

The Witzenberg Mountains were a big challenge for those headed to the interior and further north. Testimony to the incredible engineering and road building skills required to get through these imposing mountains are still visible in the passes required when you visit or discover the Wolseley Valley. The Du Toitskloof, Bainskloof, Nuwekloof and Michells Pass are well worth travelling slowly to appreciate the scenery, challenges and incredible achievements of the pioneers.

The road from Wolseley to Ceres through the Michell’s pass became the main route to the north when diamonds were discovered in Kimberley in the late 1800’s. Diamond magnate Barney Barnato frequented the town regularly en route to the diamond fields up north.

Also knows as the ‘Forgotten Highway’ the route is fast developing as a popular tourist attraction. The old toll house and parts of Bain’s original stone retaining walls were preserved for posterity so that future generations can acknowledge Bain’s engineering genius. Make sure you stop over at the Tolhuis Bistro & Farm Stall, without doubt the coziest place with the best roosterkoeke & mountain views in this corner of the Boland.

Winterberg Mountain Inn with its Harvest Table Bistro (between Ceres and Wolseley at the start of Michell’s Pass), stands proud on the original foundation of a wheat mill known as the Ceres Mill. The Winterberg Mountain Inn offers traditional dining, affordable garden weddings, a cosy fireplace for winter fireside dining.

So whether you are day tripping or planning a country getaway, love roosterkoek, local food or pizza – be sure to plan your visit and route to include a stopover at one (or all) of their great venues.

We highly recommend booking ahead if you want to be assured of a table, especially at weekends, the word is out that these tables offer amazing food in the area and are very popular! Contact details, opening times and maps are all available on the website

Discover Wolseley Restaurants

 

The story behind a name

The name of this farm came about when new owner, Patrick Pols, arrived at the property and counted seven Oak trees in the driveway, prompting his wife Jacqui to name the farm over the phone, Seven Oaks.  A while later, when Jacqui visited the farm for the first time, there were only six Oaks.  A seventh was immediately planted, giving rise to the unique logo used.

Wines of Wolseley Seven Oaks

Let us warmly welcome you to sample our wines, see where they are produced and to share our passion for wine.  Taste unique, award winning, speciality wine among the ambience of mountains and peacefulness of the farm.

Our cellar is currently under construction, so tastings are by appointment only until completion.

We offer a wide selection of white, rosé and red wines, within 2 wine ranges:
–  our Seven Oaks range are young, easy drinking wines, and
–  our 6+1 range are barrel matured red wines.

At Seven Oaks our philosophy is “produced with passion”, our collection of wines are meant to be drunk and enjoyed with friends and family during holidays, special     occasions and dinners at home.

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29 September 1969

Dit is lente. Tulbagh, Wolseley en Ceres se bome staan vol in bloeisels, te pragtig om te aanskou.

Dit is Maandag 29 September 1969 en almal is besig met die gewone take, maar kort – kort is daar ‘n dreuning wat ons laat frons en wonder waar daar alweer rotse weggeskiet en die aarde verniel word. So 9:30 die aand is ons kamer toe vir ons nagrus. Skaars in die bed of ‘n geweldige dreuning en beweging roep ons regop en uit die bed. Die aarde dreun, my kop is dronk van skrik, toe raak dit erger en erger! Ek spring uit die bed hardloop gang af na my kinders se kamer toe, my man gaan na my ou Vader, wat by ons kuier, se kamer. In die gang maak die vloer soos ontstuimige branders. Ons gryp mekaar en na die mure, struikelend en sukkelend om onsself, die kinders en pappie uit die huis te kry. “Kom vinnig na buite, elkeen met ‘n kombers om en maak gou!” skreeu my man, Roelf.  Die kinders is bewend en huilend en my pappie dood verskrik. Ons is gly, gly oor die ingelegte flesse vrugte en konfyt, dwarsdeur stukkende borde en glase oor die kombuisvloer. Te vinnig om seer te kry. Die mure om ons beweeg nader en weer weg. Niks staan stil nie en mens gryp tevergeefs na iets, alles beweeg! Buite moet ons keer vir elektriese en telefoon-drade wat in die pad afgeruk lê. Verskrik, stilswyend, vraend kyk ons mekaar aan en wonder wat aangaan.

Al wat leef is angsbevange en buite hulle huise. Ons weet nie watter kant toe nie, waar sal ons veilig wees? Alles om ons is stukkend. Ons staan bewend en wag op wat volgende gaan gebeur. Ons kyk op na die berge. Sou dit ook gebewe het? Ons vra hoekom? Wat was dit? Wat gaan ons maak, waarheen, hoe? Almal staan verwonderd, onwetend, onseker en bang!

“Kinders… kyk die vure in die berge. Is dit nie die wedekoms nie?” vra sê my ou vader met angsbevange gesag. Die kinders huil! Roelf sê net, “Pa.” Ons staan nader aan mekaar en die harte klop sodat ons gewaar en bewus is van elkeen se nabyheid. Bewus van die almagtige se almag. Dit was nie meer vir ons lente nie, maar ‘n vreemde wêreld. Alles is stukkend en deurmekaar.

Ons is bang vir ons huise met die bewende mure. Daar is geen water en geen krag. Ons is bang, bang en stukkend! Waar moet ons begin?

Ons het weer na alles opgestaan en opnuut besef dat ons niks is nie!

Elke jaar en selfs weer op die aand van 29 September 2016 rondom 10 uur se kant, lui die kerkklokke van Tulbagh, Wolseley en Ceres net om ons weer bewus te maak van ons swakheid, ons einlike niks wees…

Immanuel

Skrywe: Christene Zeeman

History of wolseley 1969 earthquake

24 April 1968, Die Burger Hoe Koos van der Merwe Koning Geword het.

Waar kom Koos aan die bynaam van Koning? Snaaks genoeg is dit ‘n verhaal wat nog nooit gepubliseer is nie. En waar dit nou vir die eerste keer gedoen word, moet die tyd 21 jaar teruggeskuif word na Vrydagaand, 21 Februarie 1947.
Dit was op daardie gedenkwaardige aand dat Koning George VI en sy gevolg op die plaas Goedgeloof van Mnr Albertus van der Merwe in die Breëriviervallei naby Bainskloof oornag het.

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