Settlement in the Cookhouse area started when troops patrolling the eastern boundary along the Great Fish River pitched camp here. The first building was a small stone hut used for shelter and cooking. Today, the town is an important railway junction on the main route from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg and an important centre serving an intensive irrigation-farming community. Dairy, merino sheep, angora goats, and ostrich farming are practised in the district.
Entertainment And Shopping
Bird in the Barley: For an interesting shopping experience visit the local cheese factory and old-fashioned country shop, Bird in the Barley, especially if you are interested in McDuck’s deer stalkers and tartan tam-o’-shanters.
History And Architecture
Slagtersnek Memorial: Situated 8 km south of the town, this memorial commemorates a rebellion by local farmers in 1815 against the Cape government.
Glen Avon Heads: The 1 400-m rock formation called Glen Avon Heads etches the town’s western horizon. Part of the world-famous Orange-Fish River tunnel is near this site.
The Golden Valley: The beautiful valley is fed by the Great Fish River, which provides for the agricultural crops and natural vegetation. During winter, flowering aloes decorate the landscape with their vibrant colours.