LOCATION: Hopefield and Surrounds 
: Kathy Dumbrell

This first outing of our 50th anniversary year is to the Hopefield area and we’ll be ending the day by revisiting Coenradenberg, which we recorded so thoroughly in 1975. See https://www.vassa.org.za/a-survey-of-coenradenberg/

We’ll start our day in Hopefield, which is interesting in that it first developed along the Zouterivier and only later was a grid town laid out around the second church (the first having been in Tuinstraat, on one of the earlier river plots).
We are going to focus on the river-facing early plots, where a number of buildings, including the first pastorie, survive.

We’ll have our lunch picnic under the trees in the garden of one of these old houses – our hostess, Lindy Masters, is new to Hopefield but full of passion for building a garden to do justice to the river plot and its old house (with ablutions on hand).

After lunch, we move to Koperfontein, an unrecorded gem the archaeologist Tim Hart found in the course of his work. Here we’ll see some wood and iron houses, vernacular homes in a Victorian style and an old stone-built mill that really warrants further investigation.

We end our day at Coenradenberg, the guests of the Smits – just as we were in 1975.