Thomas River – historical village

We left Cathcart and took the N6 towards Stutterheim.  The locals had recommended that we stop at the historical village of Thomas River for lunch.  Just the name was intruiging enough to tempt us.

Less than half an hour after leaving Cathcart we saw the sign for Thomas River and followed the dirt road.  It was a beautiful day.  The sky was deep blue with a sprinkling of clouds.

The owner of this museum collects items from all over the world.

http://www.oldthomasriver.co.za/

The restaurant is full of memorabilia of the Royal family.  Princes William and Harry paid a visit during their trip to South Africa in 2010.

One of the highlights in the garden is an old British telephone booth.

They have collected old petrol pumps from yesteryear.

This is one of the original Coke signs.

This is the oldest working mobile home in the world.  It has been lovingly restored.

Now the family home, the was the original railway station for Thomas River.  The railway line has since been dismantled and taken away.

This three wheel car is a Messerschmitt KR 200.  It was made by the same compny that made German airplanes.

Another interesting motobike.

This is not the vehicle for a family man.

This is a motorbike converted into a delivery van.

We were told that Thomas River is a sought after wedding venue and the vintage cars are often used to collect the bride or hired by wedding guests.

The old Postmaster’s house has been turned into a self-catering unit.

The old Station Master’s house can also be hired.

In its day Thomas River was a bustling station with a post office for the local farms.  Now it is the local pub for the farmers in the district.

View of the pub and restaurant from the old station.

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Author: valvs

I live in Umhlanga, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. Much of my schooling was done in the Eastern and Western Cape. After I matriculated from Rhenish Girls' High in Stellenbosch, I went to Grahamstown Teachers' Training College. Most of my teaching was done in Margate and Durban. My hobbies are reading, traveling and photography.

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