oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Greyton: a unique Overberg village

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3053



In the foothills of the majestic Riviersonderend Mountains, adjacent to the historic missionary town named Genadendal, we find the picturesque agricultural village of Greyton. The village, founded by Herbert Vigne in 1854 and subsequently contributing much to the existence and well-being of small farmers, to the agricultural produce of the region and to our architectural heritage, is however unknown to the majority of the people of South Africa. During the past thirty years the village has undergone significant changes and has developed into a retirement and holiday haven. In this, the first of three articles, the village is presented under the captions of prehistory, founding, growth and population, settlement patterns, early architecture and some concluding words. The text is augmented by photographs and other illustrations.

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