Ganzekraal Homestead, Western Cape
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 17:01
Thread Categories: 
Endangered
2017 campaign nomination
Thread Location: 
Western Cape
Ganzekraal
Local Champion: 
Paul Naylor
Local Champion Email: 

Ganzekraal is a farm dating back to the early 1700s. It was a key farm in the Groene Kloof (as the area north of Rietvlei and all the way to Geelbek on the Langebaan Lagoon was referred to in the time of the VOC) and is significant as part of the network of farms and buiteposte that stretched the VOC influence all the way from the Castle to Saldanha Bay (click here for some more history). Lady Anne Barnard, visited and painted the farm in 1798/9 and the owners Van Reenen were part of the expedition to find survivors of the wreck of the Grosvenor. 

 

Painting of Ganzekraal by Lady Anne Barnard

 

Today all that is left is the old Schoolroom/Stable, Dovecote, outbuildings (pig sty, cart house, cowshed) and whilst there have been attempts to restore this valuable example of a bygone error, these efforts have come to naught.

 

Aerial view of Ganzekraal

 

This site could be renovated into a working museum/farm (say with a restaurant cooking local fare) and would provide job opportunities as well as becoming a valuable tourist attraction for the West Coast. 

Source: 2017 Endangered Heritage Sites Nomination Form.

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