Ann's Villa Blacksmith Museum
Last Updated: September 2015
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About Ann's Villa Blacksmith Museum
The Blacksmith at Ann’s Villa
Located at the foot of the Zuurberg Pass a km off the R335 is the historic inn of Ann’s Villa. Here you will find the original blacksmith which formed part of this small hamlet. The smithy is now a registered museum open to the public.
The museum is situated in its original location and was modelled on a London style blacksmith of the 1800s. The contents of the museum consist of virtually all the original tools and machines, and testifies to the variety of tasks expected of a rural blacksmith. It is considered one of the finest examples of a rural smithy in South Africa.
Ann's Villa offered accommodation and blacksmithing services to travellers into the interior of South Africa from 1855. Repairing wagons and offering outspanning services for tired and hungry horses and oxen, was all part of the enterprise of the Villa. Today the Villa would be recognisable to anyone from the 1800s as it has changed very little. It still offers accommodation to travellers, and a visit to the Blacksmith museum and the historical 1864 shop offers a fascinating glimpse into life during the colonial era.
A detailed and interesting personalised tour of the blacksmith museum is offered to guests staying at the Villa at no charge, and the public for R20 a head.
GPS co-ordinates: South: 33º 15.239’ East: 25º 46.368’ 644m absl
Open from 9-5
The museum is closed on the first Monday and Tuesday of every month.
If the first Monday is part of a long weekend then the museum is closed on the Tuesday and Wednesday following the long weekend.