Pearston, a small Karoo farming town lies snugly at the foot of the Bruintjieshoogte Mountains. Its main claim to fame is that the eccentric fossil-hunting Scotsman and physician Dr Robert Broom lived and worked here. Dr Broom later became a world-renowned palaeontologist and made many valuable finds. However, what really put this small town on the map were two books written by a former inhabitant of the area. Eve Palmer’s books, “The Plains of Camdeboo” and “Return to Camdeboo”, have attracted the attention of overseas visitors who regularly ask to visit the area.

History And Architecture

Drostdy: The old Drostdy building in town has been declared a national monument.

Cranemere Private Museum: This museum was started by a relative of Eve Palmer and is situated on the Cranemere farm where her nephew still farms. Viewing is strictly by appointment only and visitors will be taken on conducted tours. The museum houses artefacts of early Stone Age man, fossils, natural history displays, old farm tools and old family photographs.

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