- Free State
This small, but beautiful town on the Riet River, is an important agricultural asset as it produces massive amounts of grapes, potatoes, lucern and ground nuts. There is also a peanut butter factory here, as well as a number of processing plants and an abattoir. The town has long had a well-known Landbouskool, one of only three agricultural high schools in the province. Jacobsdal real claim to fame though, is to having the first wine cellar ever built outside of the Cape Province!
Jacobsdal is steeped in history with many war memorials and national monuments and will not disappoint its visitors, it may be small, but it offers a wide variety of activities and attractions. Its history and the surrounding landscapes give Jacobsdal a charm that is quite special.
Jacobsdal warmly welcomes visitors and offers a fair variety of accommodation which includes lodges, bed and breakfasts and camping facilities.
Things to do and see
- Dutch Reformed Church
- Market Square / Town Hall
- Jacobsdal Cemetery
- Jacobs Farmhouse
- Burger Monument
- British Block House (Fort)
- The Tuishuis
- Diamond & Wine Route
- Landzicht Wine Cellar
Jacobsdal receives approximately 433 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 33˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 22˚C.
Jacobsdal was founded in 1858 by Christoffel Jacobs and laid out on his farm Kalkfontein. Its district boundaries date back to 1834 when the Cape Colony bargained with the Griqua Captain, Andries Waterboer.
The first residential stands were sold on 7 March 1859 and municipal status was granted in July 1860.
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