Aberdeen was founded in 1856. Named after the birthplace of Reverend Andrew Murray in Scotland, it was originally a farm called Brakfontein. Aberdeen is a declared architectural conservation town and a veritable repository of styles including Victorian, Georgian, Karoo, German, Gothic Revival, Russian, Art Nouveau and Flemish Revival.
Exploring the historic town of Aberdeen, you will find its rich heritage of special interest is the Dutch Reformed Church. The huge olive tree in the church garden originates from the Garden of Gethsemane. A unique collection of biblical wall hangings covers the walls of the church hall. Guided tours are available.
Aberdeen has become a haven for artists, ‘down-sizers’ and a generally lively creative group. It also has delightful eccentricities. Numerous artists have settled here including Carlos de Souza, whose intricately decoupage ostrich eggs have found a home throughout the world. Various other crafters have workshops here that may be viewed by appointment. The well-kept cemetery is of special interest to historians. Many of the soldiers, both British and Boer, who lost their lives during the Anglo Boer War are buried here. British graves are numbered and the cemetery is open to the public.
Treat yourself to a special Karoo getaway at Karoo Moons guesthouse in Aberdeen.