The mission station at Mamre was established in 1808 by the German Moravian Society at the invitation of the Governor of the Cape.
The area had long been regarded as a sanctuary for the few remaining Hottentot tribes.
The missionaries took over abandoned military buildings and built a church, a school and a watermill and laid out the present picturesque settlement of white-walled, blackthatched cottages.
The original church and parsonage retain their charm and were listed as national monumnets in 1967. the watermill has been restored and is now a museum.
A walk down the lane leads past gardens planted with the particular type of fruit trees favoured by the missionaries - quinces, pomegranates, figs and grape vines.
The mission shop, with a decayed old tree in front, is rich in the atmosphere of the past.
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