This little town is situated on the N8 National Road exactly halfway between Bloemfontein and Kimberley, 80 km from each. The town was named after the original owner of the land upon which the village was established in 1892. Petrusburg derives its principal income from farming and is one of the largest potato producing areas in the country. The town hosts a big Potato Festival every two years to commemorate this fact. Emmaus, 20 km from town, is the most central point in South Africa. Andre Huguenet, the “father” of Afrikaans theatre, was born and grew up in this town.
Adventure And Sport
Golf: The 9-hole golf course is popular among golfing enthusiasts.
Water sport and angling: Locals make use of the facilities at the Modder River and Tierpoort Dam, 23 km outside town, for angling, canoeing and power boating opportunities.
Entertainment And Shopping
Furniture: Several carpenters in this area create beautiful and unique pieces of furniture.
Leather tannery: Shop for beautiful, locally made leather articles at Oom Daantjie Menz’s leather tannery.
History And Architecture
Blockhouses: At the entrance to the town stand two British-built blockhouses dating from the Anglo-Boer War.
Anglo-Boer War Battlefields: Many battles, such as the Battle of Poplar Grove, during which the Boer General, Christiaan De Wet, and his men concealed themselves in a poplar grove near town to try to stop the British from advancing on Bloemfontein, were fought in this area. The Paardeberg Anglo-Boer War Museum and Battlefield is situated 23 km from the town.
Mission Church: The historic little Mission Church erected on the farm Kalvedon in 1885 and now a National monument, was used as a stable by British troops during the Anglo-Boer War.
Petrusburg Cemetery: A monument dedicated to British soldiers was erected in the cemetery.
Petrusburg Monument: This monument, at the entrance to the town, honours all the citizens of Petrusburg, both past and present.
Saltpans: The vast saltpans in the area produce large amounts of sodium chloride. The local library has more information on these features.