- Free State
Warden is a small town situated in the Free State Province of South Africa on the N3 highway and owes its existence to the agricultural activities of the district.
The town was named after the former Harrismith magistrate Charles Frederick Warden and was laid out in 1912 on the farm 'Rietvlei'. It became a municipality in 1920.
Warden has one of the largest Dutch Reformed sandstone Churches in South Africa, built in 1917 but only completed in 1923 after the local farmers sold off 600 sheep and 1500 head of cattle to subsidize its completion. The Church is larger than the Sydney Opera House with seating for 1,750 persons. It is said that the sandstone contains various fossils like shell and little sea creatures proving that the area was under sea water at some stage.
There are various fossil sites in the area.
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