You will step back in time when you visit Matjiesfontein, founded in 1884 by, the Scottish railway man, James Douglas Logan. He arrived (age 20) in South Africa by mere accident when his ship was wrecked in Simon’s Bay (now known as Simonstown).
In 1968 David Rawdon bought the entire town (in recommendation by his mother) with the vision to turn the town into his own, high colonial-style village.
During World War II this quaint little Victorian town was known for selling piping hot soup to passing train passengers. It was an outpost of the British empire.
David Rawdon restored the entire town to have it declared a national monument in 1978.
After David Rawdon’s death in 2010, and still single at the age of 86, his last will and testament provided for his carer, and a trust to manage the town.
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ZAR – South African Rand
Cape Town International, about 236 km ( about 300 miles) from Matjiesfontein.