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Boston, Midlands, Central Kwa-Zulu Natal.

In the foothills of the mighty Drakensberg, amidst rolling hills, lush forests and tranquil dams.  The ideal venue for those seeking peace and quiet and country fare.

The earliest known residents lived here during the Stone Age. Later the Bushman (Bushman)  occupied the area and, more recently the Voortrekkers, who arrived in about 1838. Some of the farm names are of Dutch origin.  The abundance of natural forests attracted loggers and in the 1840’s, the development in Pietermaritzburg provided a ready market for timber.  A number of sawmills were established and were in strong competition with illegal loggers who supplemented their incomes with gun-running.  One of the best known sawmills was the Boston Mill on the farm now known as Boston House.  It was established by Joseph and Edward Frew who arrived in Natal under the Byrne Settler Scheme.  They named the mill in memory of their home in Lincolnshire, England. 

By the 1880’s, the whole scene had changed and the district was fast becoming a thriving community.  A daily post cart left Pietermaritzburg at 07h00 and arrived in Bulwer 8-9 hours later.  Most of the farms designated by the Natal Land and Colonisation Company in 1859 for the resettling of immigrants had been taken up, solid farmhouses had been built and wire fences erected.  Farming was mostly of horses as remounts for the army, the police and as draft horses.  Cattle were farmed to provide oxen for the transport riders.  The St Michael’s and All Angels Church was built in 1882, and the Boston Hall was erected in 1882 for the princely sum of 123 Pounds.  During the Bhambata Rebellion in 1906, the hall was used as a laager and two blockhouses were built at opposite corners outside the hall.  They can still be seen today.  Boston remains a thriving community and, per capita, is one of the largest milk-producing regions in the country.  There is an abundance of walking, fishing and birding in the area.

Just over an hour from Durban in the beautiful Natal Midlands.  Boston is on the R617 southwest of Howick, which is on the N3 northwest of Durban, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N3. Exit the N3 at Howick (exit #99) and travel southeast on the R617 to Boston. BIBoston   

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