In 1905 three years after the Anglo-Boer
War - the colonial government constructed a weir across the Little
Thukela River and founded an irrigation settlement here called
Springfield renamed Winterton in 1910 after HD Winter, Secretary
The town is situated in beautiful foothills of the Drakensberg
in South Africa and is main access point to the Central Drakensberg.
This typical pioneer settlement offers a very relaxed atmosphere.
It serves the large community of maize, wheat and beef farmers
and of late has become a tourist attraction offering everything
from accommodation to adventure activities in the Drakensberg
Spearmans Military Cemetery
Site of a field hospital where many men died of wounds received
at Spioenkop.Off the Ladysmith - Winterton Road, +/- 1km, passed
Spioenkop Nature Reserve 036-637 2231.
Marianne Church Ruins
This was the Second Dutch Reformed Church to be built in Natal,
and was in use from 1852 to 1874. It was named after the wife
of the D.R.C. Minister, Dr Faure. The ruins of this old church
near Winterton are a declared national monument. Located on Farm
Doveton in the Winterton area.
This small museum situated in Church Street is well worth a visit.
The museum has fasinating dispalays on the history of farming
in the area, the Zulu and a unique gallery of San paintings. The
other exhibits include a blacksmith shop, the voting for the 'New
South Africa' and the battles of Spioenkop and Vaalkrans which
took place nearby. Open Monday to Friday 09h00 -15h00, Saturday
09h00 - 12h00.Tel.(036)4881885.