Petrus Steyn

This small town between Tweeling and Kroonstad was proclaimed in 1912 and named after the owner of the farm Sterkfontein on which it was established. The highest railway siding in the Free State, (1 712 m above sea level) aptly named Hoogte (“Height”), is situated here. Petrus Steyn also boasts one of the largest grain silos in the province. Elandskop, a rocky outcrop west of the town, saw many historical meetings and engagements take place during the Anglo-Boer War and afterwards. The town is located in an area that is renowned for its potato, sunflower, maize, corn and soya bean crops.

Adventure And Sport

Water sport and angling: Middelpunt Dam, 10 km west of the town, is a popular water sport and angling venue for both local inhabitants and visitors.

Art And Crafts

Curio shops: Reitz Street is the place to find African and other curios.

Painters and potters: Two local artists live on farms in the district. Some of their work can be viewed in the Concordia Hotel in Church Street. They also exhibit their work in the art gallery at Clarens.

Cuisine

Potato tasting: Potatoes can be bought and potato dishes tasted on Grap Potato Farm during the season (March to August).

History And Architecture

Historic Church Building: The Crossroads Church building was a private home before the Anglo-Boer War. In time, it became the mission church of the Dutch Reformed Church. The christening font in the church was fashioned from a petrified tree trunk and the exterior was painted in different colours to represent different facets associated with the Christian faith (e.g. the blood of Christ, sin and spiritual growth). Also take a look at the interesting Dutch Reformed Church building in Reitz Street.

Monuments: The Afrikaans Language Monument was erected to commemorate the establishment of the Afrikaans language and the Wagon Wheel Monument was erected to commemorate the Great Trek of 1838. Both are situated on Dirkie Uys Square. The square was named after a Voortrekker boy, Dirkie Uys, the son of Piet Uys who led a punitive expedition against the Zulus after they had killed Piet Retief and his 70 men at Dingane’s kraal (settlement). During the expedition Piet Uys rode into a Zulu trap where he was surrounded by Zulus and it was clear that he would be killed. His young son, Dirkie, rode back into the same trap in an attempt to rescue his father, knowing that he might have to pay with his life for this heroic deed, which he did.

Ox Wagon tracks: Ox Wagon tracks, dating back to the Centenary Celebration of the Great Trek of 1838, have been preserved in a concrete slab in Dirkie Uys Square.

Natural Wonders

Geological formations: Interesting rock formations can be found on the farms Benadiesbank, Bloukrans and Rockview.

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