Boekenhoutfontein

Boekenhoutfontein

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Boekenhoutfontein was the farm of Paul Kruger, a 19th Century Boer resistance leader and president of the Transvaal Republic. It is located in Rustenburg, North West Province, South Africa.

Located about 20km north-west of Rustenburg, on the main Sun City/Pilanesburg road (R565), Boekenhoutfontein lies nestled in a valley surrounded by hills covered with lush bushveld. It boasts one of the few peat wetlands in the North-west province and can be regarded as an historical jewel in the area, being the site of many important archeological findings from different eras.

Today Kruger is commemorated through the restored house of his birth near Bulhoek, his official residence in Pretoria (which is now the Kruger Museum), the simple cottage at Waterval Onder (Mpumalanga) where he lived before going into exile in Europe, the world-famous Kruger National Park and the name of the town Krugersdorp in Mogale City. However, nowhere are his love for the land and his friendly relationships with neighbouring black communities better illustrated than at Boekenhoutfontein, the farm he bought in 1859. The farm remained his property until his death, after which it was divided among three of his children. In 1971 it was declared a national monument.

In 1971, the portion on which the farmstead is situated was bought from the Kruger family by the Simon van der Stel Foundation which painstakingly restored the various buildings to their former glory.

Built in a neat row, the buildings bear witness to his...
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