A Walk in Old McGregor: Its Heart and History
McGregor Tourism Office
Its great that you’re joining me on this historical walk through the heart of old McGregor.
My name's Rose. I'm originally from Cape Town and have been living in McGregor since 2009. I've learned that there is of course no such thing as THE history of a place, but many histories, many stories. Some of the families in this tucked-away village have been here for more than 4 or 5 generations, so it is rich in handed-down memories and stories. Some are factually true, some perhaps not. I hope you will enjoy them.
You should be standing on Voortrekker Street, with your back to the McGregor Tourism Office. It's the building with an open stoep and an information board out front.
Across the street and to your right is the large white Dutch Reformed Church.
You might notice that its steeple isn't quite as tall as some you might see elsewhere.
Unfortunately the original was blown down in a fierce storm, and had to be replaced by this more modest one. I'll tell you more about the church later on the walk.
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Imagine you were to walk up Voortrekker Street, past the church, and you just kept going. After about 3 thirsty hours you'd eventually reach a culdesac high in the mountains. We in Mcgregor call this the Road to Nowhere. It has twice been the hope of someone that it should be a road to "Somewhere."
Its been said that as early as the mid-1800's, an ambitious landowner called Naude organised a labour force to build a road up into the mountains. They didn't get far. Another attempt was made 80 years later, to build a pass for motor vehicles through to Greyton. That too came to an undignified but very scenic halt, somewhat higher up. Nowadays the unfinished pass ends very near the start of the beautiful Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail.
So lets get going.
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Turn so the Tourism Office is on your left, and start walking down Voortrekker Street.
While you walk, let me briefly explain how VoiceMap works.
It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means that you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent for a while, when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost, and if you do get way off track without noticing, VoiceMap will let you know.
Keep going. You'll hear from me further along Voortrekker Street.