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Aberdeen, Karoo, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

A delightful rural village in the eastern Karoo northwest of the archaeologically-important Plains of Camdeboo.  The most important landmark is the spire of the Dutch Reformed Church.

Many architectural styles exist in the town, ranging from Victorian, Gothic, Russian and Flemish.  Many of the houses are being tastefully restored.  It was originally named Brakkefontein after the farm on which the town was established.  The town was renamed in 1856 by Reverend Andrew Murray after his birthplace in Scotland.

There are many interesting sites in the area, including the many artists that live in the town, the petrified footprints along the Kraai River and Anglo-Boer War graves.  Pay a visit to the Karoo Adrenaline Phase One Project. It involves converting waste and scrap materials into works of art.  Ansie van Zyl, a well-known potter and artist, has devoted time and effort training unemployed locals to create and market their artwork. The colourful plates, bowls, etc are strikingly attractive and are on display in a small outlet at the stop sign in the main street. The next phase will be to tackle food gardens, basketmaking, rustic furniture made from invasive trees, candle making and copperplate work. Please stop when next passing through Aberdeen – it is a valiant and worthwhile project that needs support.

Aberdeen is on the N9 east of Beaufort West, which is at the intersection of the N1 with the N12. BLAberdeen

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