The town of Frankfort was founded on the banks of the Wilge river and had its beginning in the late 1860s.
Frankfort is in the heart of the so-called 'maize triangle' and is surrounded by wide fields of corn.
The town was apparently named after Frankfurt in Germany by Albert van Gordeon, a member of the first council - but how the 'o' crept in is unknown. Characteristic of this region are the town's historical sandstone buildings.
Frankfort was a church and farming centre but the recreational potential of the site led to the construction of a large inland holiday resort near the town with bungalows, caravan and camping sites and many sporting facilities.
The Wilge ('willow') River provides boating, swimming and fishing for much of its 250 km length.
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