- Marble Hall
Marble Hall is a small farming town just 28 km’s north of Groblersdal. It is situated in what is considered the agricultural centre of the area and served in the past, as the residential base for the workers at the marble lime mine situated there.
Though marble is no longer mined there, Marble Hall can be proud of its heritage. Today there are many buildings all over the country, and around the world, showcasing the excellent quality marble that was mined there! But today the town is known for its lush wheat, citrus and cotton crops and its outstanding game farms!
The area would appeal to travellers seeking outdoor activities and an opportunity to relax. You can enjoy game viewing, hiking and the Loskop Dam which is the ideal spot for fishing and water sports. If you are interested in a bit of history, visit the township of Siyabuswa – the Capital of the Ndebele Homeland during Apartheid years - view traditional homes and buy Ndebele arts and crafts.
The area offers some excellent game farm and lodge accommodation as well as a few B&B’s and self-catering Guesthouses.
Things to do and see
- Loskop Dam
- Schuinsdraai Nature Reserve
- Siyabuswa Township
- Game Viewing
- Botshebelo Mission Reserve, 100km
- Jugomaro Predator Park, Groblersdal
- Groblersdal Golf Course
Marble Hall receives approximately 547 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 31˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 4˚C and 25˚C.
Marble Hall was established in the 1940’s after the discovery of marble in the area and the development of a marble mine. The story behind the discovery is that in 1913 Christoffel Visagie went down with fever while he and his wife were hunting in the area and on their way back to Pretoria his wife stopped to examine some prominent white rocks. One of her children had recently died and she loaded enough of the rock onto the wagon to make two gravestones, one for her child and the second for her husband, who she didn't expect to live.
In Pretoria, Visagie took the stone to a tomb maker, Tom Taylor. He identified the rock as first class marble.
Visagie recovered from his fever and he and his wife took Taylor to see the white rocks and the depression at Marmerhol, the towns original name. Visagie and Taylor mined marble from the depressio, but transport difficulties made the venture nonviable and they left.
In 1929 the Marble Lime Company was formed to work Marmehol and the railway line was completely in 1936 and finally a town was formed and the name changed to Marble Hall during the Anglo Boer War.
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