Heritage Sites

Heritage Sites

A number of heritage sites can be found within the Eastern Cape ranging from school buildings to churches as well as paleontological sites. These heritage sites are of natural and cultural importance to an area.

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Great Fish Point Lighthouse

A rekindling of the light ceremony, as noted by a bronze mounted plaque, commemorated the shining centennial of the Great Fish Point Lighthouse on the 1st of July 1998. The Managing director of Portnet at the time, Mr. R.W. Childs, dedicated the service of this coastal light guard, originally...

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Great Fish Point Lighthouse

A rekindling of the light ceremony, as noted by a bronze mounted plaque, commemorated the shining centennial of the Great Fish Point Lighthouse on the 1st of July 1998. The Managing director of Portnet at the time, Mr. R.W. Childs, dedicated the service of this coastal light guard, originally commissioned by the Cape Colonial Government in 1890, for a further hundred years. Erected only after much delay, its light was first lit on the 1st of July 1898. Placed at the mouth of the Great Fish River in Great Fish Point, 25km from the holiday haven of Port Alfred, this nautical note keeps Indian Ocean faring cargo and carriers travelling off the east coast at a suitable contouring distance. For the safety of shipping on the South African coast, a revolving electric light flashes from this source to mariners once every ten seconds. Built 800 meters from the shoreline and standing 75 metes above sea level, its warning light strength of 5 000 000 Candelas can be detected at a focal plane height of 85 meters above the high water mark as a result of its location elevation. Two black vertical stripes flank the broad centre white stripe of this lighthouse, whose tuxedo like appearance substitutes a red roof light cap and matching railings for a red bow tie and matching cufflinks. According to the Lighthouse Directory navigational beacons need to meet the requirements of standing at least 4 meters tall with a minimum surface area of a 4 square meter footprint in order to be classed as an active lighthouse. The Great Fish Point Lighthouse meets these standards as well as housing an authentic black spiral staircase in the building chamber and demarcating its territory with a white boundary wall proudly hanging black lettering reading Great Fish Point Lighthouse 1898. An active lighthouse of authenticity.

Contact Details

Telephone: +27 (0)46 6751067
Mobile: +27 (0)83 3751492
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.npa.co.za

Address

Great Fish Point Lighthouse, No.1 Kleinemonde Area, Kleinemonde

Olive Scheriner House

The famous South African authoress, who, amongst many other literary works, wrote Story of an African Farm, lived in No. 9 Cross Street, Cradock, South Africa, in her youth. A pictorial display of her life can be seen in the house. Schreiner House was bought by A.A. Mutual Life and subsequently...

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Olive Scheriner House

The famous South African authoress, who, amongst many other literary works, wrote Story of an African Farm, lived in No. 9 Cross Street, Cradock, South Africa, in her youth. A pictorial display of her life can be seen in the house. Schreiner House was bought by A.A. Mutual Life and subsequently restored as a joint project with the Town Council of Cradock. It has since been donated to the National English Literary Museum and was declared a National Monument in 1986. The local library has a special corner with her literary works and manuscripts preserved for posterity. Olive, her husband, Samuel Cron Cronwright, their baby and dog, were buried in a sarcophagus on top of Buffelskop Hill on the farm Buffelshoek, 24 km south of Cradock, on the Mortimer Road. From the top of Buffelskop Hill one gets a beautiful view across the Great Fish River Valley, the sight which so impressed Olive Schreiner herself, and the reason for her decision to be buried here. The walk up the mountain and visit to the gravesite is only recommended for those that are reasonably fit. A full half day is needed to complete this trip.

Contact Details

Telephone: +27 (0)48 8815251
Mobile: +27 (0)48 8815251
Email: [email protected]

Address

9 Cross Street, Cradock, 5880

Schreiner House

Period house museum commemorating the life of Oliver Schreiner (1855-1920), renowned author and human rights acyivist. Satellite of the National English Literary...... Free entry for school and R5.00 for the general public.

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Schreiner House

Period house museum commemorating the life of Oliver Schreiner (1855-1920), renowned author and human rights acyivist. Satellite of the National English Literary...... Free entry for school and R5.00 for the general public.

Contact Details

Telephone: +27 (0)48 8815251
Mobile: +27 (0)72 1739906
Email: [email protected]

Address

9 Cross Street, Cradock

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