Wellington has its origin in a British war with Napoleon and the British. The name Wellington was put forward by Sir George Napier, a Lieutenant-General serving England who was the governor of the Cape Colony and Commander-In-Chief of the army from 1839-1843.
The first inhabitants though were not the Dutch, French or the Boers. Artefacts dating back to the Stone Age are on display in the town’s museum, and this dates back to 18-19th century with the San and Khoi tribes whom inhabited the region. There is still a lot of history locked up in the Bainskloof Mountains and the Groenberg Mountains surrounding Wellington.
Wellington is situated in what is affectionately known as the Boland. This is ideal weather for making wine, Brandy and Grappa in the French tradition with South African grapes.
De Oude Wellington Wine Farm is rich in the history of wines and brandies. Established 1970 the estate is a working estate producing world class wines and also catering for tourists wedding receptions and functions. This is a pristine country side getaway located at the foot of the Slanghoek-Hawequa Mountains. At the right time of the year, weather conditions permitting can have snow painting a picturesque postcard.
Wellington is also rich in academic history with the Cape Technikon, since Wellington Campus is the only institution in the Western Cape offering educational training for teachers in Afrikaans.
Most of the architectural history has been preserved in historical properties being restored and renovated. One will find Cape Dutch houses with all the details to marvel at.
Wellington is the ideal place to consider for that travel lodge, B&B or that family holiday home. It offers quaint village living close to enough to all the major suburbs.
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