A Focus on Pilgrims Rest

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Pilgrims Rest is a widely known historical town in South Africa, particularly for the part it played in the Gold Rush in the 1800’s. You’ll find this quaint little town just 16 km's from Graskop, situated on the Panorama Route. As a mining town, going back into the start of the Gold Rush in South Africa, it was declared a National Monument in 1986 and a World Heritage Site.

When looking into the history of Pilgrims Rest, it’s also important to talk about the Anglo-Boer War (1899 - 1902). During this time the mines that Pilgrim's Rest were famed for were shut down and workers ordered to leave. It is said that during the later years of the war, British Commandos did not have supplies, and local ethnic tribes wanted real money - and so a small mint was set up in Pilgrim’s Rest. The Veldpond came out of this mint - a very rare gold coin, that is treasured by many coin collectors.

Taking it back a bit further to the gold rush years - 1873 saw the town and surrounding areas being swarmed with prospectors all hoping to make their fortune during the Gold Rush. Businesses appeared overnight & enjoyed charging exorbitant prices, taking advantage of the ‘boom’ in business.

Despite the ‘gold’ being mostly alluvial, by the 1880’s most prospectors had moved on & bigger mining companies moved in to extract the gold with their modernised equipment.

Today, the town remains a tourist attraction which takes visitors back to the days of the 1870’s gold rush.

Since the town was declared a National Monument, a dedicated team of historians, architects, curators and special interest groups closely monitor all developments and refurbishments in the village to maintain its historic appearance.

Take a trip to this charming Mpumalanga town, visit Pilgrim’s Rest: https://bit.ly/3V3nBjW

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