THE HISTORIC HOUSES TRAIL
Many of the original houses of the settlement at De Bult, as well as many of the Victorian houses and stylish mansions, that were built before and just after nineteen hundred, still exist today.
The hiking trail starts at Dieter German's antique shop in Church Street, as there are nice shade trees to park under on the opposite side of the road. We start with a visit to the antique shop. The antique shop is an example of a Karoo type house and the cute cottage next door, in which Dieter and his wife Ebeth live, is a saddled roof house with Carnarvon type frieze.
From Church Street we move to the Uniting Reformed Church on Unieplein and from there to the parsonage of the U.R.Church. As we hike down Mark Street we see many of the original old houses on either side. As we turn right towards the early settlement of De Bult, there is a monument in the middle of the road, in commemoration of the soldiers from the coloured community that died in skirmishes between 1914 and 1945. On our left the original houses of the first settlement in Carnarvon , De Bult, are still in use.
After viewing the original Karoo houses we go up with Sterrenberg Street, where more examples of the old houses can be seen. Where Sterrenberg Street meets Van Riebeeck Street, a quaint little church provides a nice focus point for the street. From Van Riebeeck Street the route goes up Nuwe Street and then left into Hanou Street, past the public library, post office, municipal buildings, until it reaches the corbelled house and the museum. We spend some time at the museum and keep on with Van Riebeeck to view more splendid historic houses. The route then goes North East with Rivier Street, where more beautiful houses can be seen. Also in Rivier Street can be found the old mansion in which former writer and school teacher D.F.Malherbe used to live as well as another beautiful mansion in which the former writer, teacher and mayor of Carnarvon, A.G.Visser lived.
From Rivier Street we move to Daniel Street, where the parsonage of the Duch Reformed Church, built in 1912, is located as well as some other excellent examples of historic houses. Also in Daniel Street is the main entrance of the Lord Carnarvon guest house, located in two old historic houses, that each have an interesting history of their own. Your tour guide will let you in on the history and if you are lucky to catch the very busy owner, Pieter Hoffman, he will give you a firsthand version of the history of these two beautifully restored buildings.
The historic houses route ends in Church Street, where your vehicles will be standing safely in the shade of the trees.
In the gallery below, please view a sample of the buildings and monuments that you will see on the route.