- Western Cape
The beautiful Rheenendal country district, ten kilometres west of Knysna is home to many prominent artists and crafters. Spend some time exploring all the attractions along the Rheenendal Ramble, where you will come across ceramicists, painters, woodcarvers, bowl turners, screen printers, plant nurseries, tea gardens and restaurants.
The Rheenendal water-mill was planned in 1864 by Frederick Jacobus van Eeden. In the same year it was granted water rights and building commenced in 1870. Parts for the mill had to be brought from Europe and the mill started its water-powered grain-milling operation in 1880. The mill continued to produce flour until 1937. Between 1937 and 1969 the mill served as a sub-station for generating electricity, a home for farm labourers and even a fodder store. In 1969 an earthquake caused structural damage, but most of the original parts survived and can still be seen today.
The Rheenendal mill was declared a monument on the 19th of August 1977. By 1989 the building needed serious attention and with substantial sponsorship from SASKO the restoration of the mill began. The mill is a simple, flat-roofed, symmetrical, double storied structure in the Cape Georgian style and housed, with the addition of a small eastern aspect, the miller and his/her family.
Learn all about the excitement of the gold rush by visiting the old goldmine at Millwood and explore the wonders of the indigenous forests or hike the many historical trails in the area.
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