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Wednesday, 1st August 2012
Restored Graveyard at the Museum

Somerset East at the Getaway ShowSomerset East, Cookhouse and Pearston have been on show at the Gauteng Getaway Show, billed as Africa's biggest travel and outdoor show, and held annually in the Coca-Cola Dome. 

With 250 exhibitors, and more than 21 000 visitors expected, this is a great venue to showcase our area as a prime tourism and activity destination.  The lucky winner of the Blue Crane Route prize, sponsored by Kuzuko Lodge, was Johann Snyman. 

Johann will get to experience a fully inclusive weekend at Kuzuko; which he is sure to enjoy.  As a new service, Kuzuko will be serving themed Sunday lunches twice a month, starting with Turkish mezze next Sunday.

Somerset East MuseumOne of Somerset East's most important attractions is the Old Pastorie Museum.  The first chapel was built on the site by Wesleyan missionaries, and completed and consecrated in 1828.

In 1834, the chapel was converted into a parsonage to house Rev. Morgan.  Sadly, his young wife Elizabeth was buried in 1834, aged 27, in the small enclosed graveyard which has recently been repainted and repaired through the generousity of one of her descendants, Heidee Hollander, who lives in England.

Four Dutch Reformed ministers occupied the parsonage for 105 years, until 1943. 

Retired architect Kenneth Birch purchased the building in 1971, and restoration commenced in 1972, when the building was proclaimed a National Monument, and became a province aided museum.  The Museum was inaugurated during the celebration of Somerset East's 150th anniversary in 1975.

The Slachter's Nek Rebellion Hangmans BeamThe opening in 2007 of the Slachter's Nek Exhibition, staged around the original beam on which the Slachter's Nek rebels were hung in 1816, added extra dimension to the experience to be had by visitors to the museum.

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