Parys is a town in the Free State Province which was established so that the Dutch Reformed congregation had less distance to travel to get to church. Thus the farm Klipspruit was employed after discussions with four brothers, van Coller whom owned the farm, who were approached to see if they would be prepared to relinquish parts of the farm for the services to the church community.
In the middle to late 1870’s the farm or portions of the farm was laid out and the young town was in the making.
The region was well established and being developed as an agricultural centre which was in part where the town found its roots and the other advantage of its location came to the fore when traveling between main centres like Pretoria and Johannesburg became more accessible by car. It then became a sort of midway point for travellers.
With a railway line finally reaching Parys around the early 1900’s the town got more exposure and this added to the growth and demand for property in the town and this had a result of the town being used as a holiday destination for people from nearby towns and cities further afield.
Holiday resorts were built next to and close to the Vaal River which increased the demand and popularity of the town.
Today the town is a sought after tourist destination with attractions like the Vredefort Meteorite trails, fly fishing in one of the many tributaries of the Vaal River such as the Carryblaire, visiting the collection of berry farms during the season is a family outing as well as River Rafting at Carryblaire.
This town has a real nostalgia to it, with both old and newer properties available in the town and surrounding areas.
Take a tour of the homes on offer in Parys and neighboring towns via the Myroof website