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We frequently hear of “Elysian fields”, where valleys are “of beechen green, and shadows numberless”. But where on earth are they to be found? For almost two centuries, the Elgin valley has been regarded as South Africa’s premier apple farming region
In the late 1700s Dutch governor Rijk Tulbagh declared the necessity for a new magisterial district in the valley known as “Land ten Waveren”, named for the Waveren family who had settled there a little earlier. A Drostdy was built, housing the magistrate, his court house, and a prison cell, and the town takes its founding date from that time.