In 1903, Cornish miners, locally referred to as “Cousin Jacks”, made their home around the old Rietfontein (“Reed Fountain”) Gold Mine. The settlement grew into the present-day Edenvale, a large town that is made even more pleasant by the many parks and historical homes.
Modderfontein is the industrial area that adjoins Edenvale.
Art And Crafts
Covered Craft Market: The large covered craft market mainly sells beautiful wood and stone carvings created by skilful hands from all over the African continent.
Norwood Farm Craft Market: A craft market is held on Norwood Farm every Saturday.
Ricardo Mulder Community Library: The Ricardo Mulder Community Library is home to a treasury of local and international artworks.
Entertainment And Shopping
Frank Marrett Park: A pleasant stroll through Frank Marrett Park will take you to the original homestead of the old Rietfontein No. 9 settlement.
Fauna And Flora
John Voelcker Bird Dam: Birdwatchers will enjoy a visit to the John Voelcker Bird Dam.
History And Architecture
AECI Dynamite Factory Museum: The museum next to the Franz Hoenig House depicts the history of the explosives industry in South Africa. The museum is set in pleasant surroundings, in a house that was built in 1895 for one of the senior mining officials.
Franz Hoenig House: The Franz Hoenig House dates back to 1894 and was built for the first manager of the dynamite factory. It is one of the oldest restored buildings in Gauteng.
Horwood’s Farm and Restaurant: The Farm and Restaurant is a national monument and is set in the first farmhouse built in the Edenvale area. Every Saturday, the farm hosts a craft market.
Ricardo Mulder Community Library: The Ricardo Mulder Community Library is an interesting study in minimalist architecture.
Town Hall: The Town Hall is an architectural gem and has the furniture to match.
Rietfontein/Sizwe Tropical Diseases Hospital: This hospital is a national research hospital specialising in the research and treatment of tropical diseases. Visitors are welcome.