Exploring An Old Fort

joanstewart
joanstewart @joanstewartApril 2019 · 6 min read

Step Back In Time Himeville Fort/Museum



A tiny little village five kilometers down the road from Underberg, if you travel through too quickly you could miss this entertaining little town. Seeped in history and rivalry between the two towns, stone buildings an enchanting area at the foot of the Sani Pass.

Himeville museum, the last of Natal's loop-holed forts built 1896 - 1899, later converted into a prison 1902 -1972, declared a museum in 1976 becoming a National Monument in 1978. No fighting took place nearby, according to history this was never used in active battles.

Boasting a variety of displays in vintage gadgets, rock-art tracings, fossils, stone age artifacts, agricultural machinery, all about the historical life in the region.

Fort
Fort

Displays within each prison 'room' displayed old post office relics, camera's, bushman culture, prison life, to mention a few. The Anglo Boer War, First and Second World Wars reminders both inside the walls of the fort as well as next door on the adjacent property.

Himeville is a small village/town situated in the foothills of the picturesque Southern Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Himeville was named in 1902 after the then Prime Minister of Natal, Sir Albert Henry Hime, a road engineer elected as Prime Minister of Natal in 1889.


Let us start exploring some of what you will find, with the variety offered one will find something of personal interest. From the people who lived off the land, painted in caves to tell stories of their forefathers, animal life paintings or implements used.

Wood, clay and calabash implements, all made from elements in the region.

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Beading has special meaning, well worthwhile knowing what the meaning is.

Beading
Beading

Replica of cave paintings found in the district, we have been fortunate to visit a few of these caves.

Cave Painting Replica
Cave Painting Replica

Before people arrived I would imagine, this dates back some time.

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Selection of cameras put up over the years, to think everyone has one today, what was only available to a select few!

Cameras
Cameras

Courtyard to the fort one is able to find a comfortable chair under the trees in between going from room to room finding more relics from the past. Stone buildings have quite an appealing look and texture, the huge wooden gates at the end.

Court Yard
Court Yard

South African Coat of Arms 1910 to 1994

Coat Of Arms South Africa
Coat Of Arms South Africa

Remaining in the courtyard memorabilia on walls from wars, there are rooms inside dedicated to the war years as well.

Rememberance
Rememberance

Guns mounted as a grim reminder of how devastating humans engineer their own and each others lives with destruction!

Guns
Guns

Horse drawn carriage at rear end of courtyard under shed.

Horse Drawn Carraige
Horse Drawn Carraige

Washing machine and ringer implements for clothing...

Washing
Washing

Farming in the day was tough, land roller to settle seed into newly ploughed lands..

Land Roller for Seed Planting
Land Roller for Seed Planting

Wood by what I understand was at a premium for buildings in the region, being mainly grassland before people settled and introduced trees. Trees must have been brought from further down toward the coast, pit saw would have been used extensively to prepare wood to build.

Pit Saw
Pit Saw

Let others tell of rain and showers, I only count the shining hours What am I? - A Sun Dial

Sundial
Sundial

Main section of building housing children nursery, dining room, kitchen, travel back to Granma's feather bed.

Chimney stacks and fire places keep these homes going in the harsh cold winter days that happen up here.

Main Building
Main Building

Pot and Pans!

Kitchen
Kitchen

Piano would have been a popular instrument to entertain families at night, after long days of work.

Piano
Piano

Really believe me, I took a lot of photo's so not going to show them all, you will have to visit to see the amazing array of the past reside in this homestead! Hint, old traveling wardrobes, beds, art work, sewing, wedding gear or just stepping out, so much has been saved and placed into the hands of a curator to take care of.

Prison with a Twist

Each prison had a unique topic, great fun popping in and out of each one to see what has been preserved.

Prison Wing
Prison Wing

Could you imagine being a doctor on horse back going up the Sani Pass? Possibly to farm houses being jostled around in a horse and cart looking after patients with this wooded box with medicines.

DoctorMedicine
DoctorMedicine

Some not so friendly implements used, or a spoon full of sugar to get that medicine down!

Doctors Medicine
Doctors Medicine

Looking out of the prison, cold in summer I would hate to know how cold these were in the winter months, no fire place to keep you warm, most probably lucky if you had a blanket!

Looking Out
Looking Out

Iron clad heavy doors to keep you under lock and key for some misdemeanor or trouble you caused, not a life one would wish on anyone else.

Prison Cell
Prison Cell

A pretty good idea of the accommodation on offer! Harsh reality never to cause "kak" wherever you are.

Prison
Prison

Swing by the post office and telephone exchange, remember the days a person put you through to the number you were contacting, feels like a life time ago with these damned answering automated call registers today, press.... Yeah, some things have gone backwards IMHO

Post Office
Post Office

Police carried everything they needed on their person when out on duty.

Police
Police

Trout fishing introduced into the region in the early 1900's

Trout Fishing
Trout Fishing

Region would still require Veterinary services such as these being a big cattle farming area, supplying most of our milk to the city.

Vet Equipment
Vet Equipment

Back outside into the warm sunlight, enjoy some time in the garden (not posting photo's about garden to day) it is to show you the wall with holes you can peek through, glimpse a life long gone!

Garden Wall Bench
Garden Wall Bench

Never look back with regret, keep striving to move forward with a positive attitude to yourself and everyone around you.

Holes
Holes


Thanks for joining me the first part of the story began with Life's Road Trips Like Human Wings
Day 1 Supporting @steemitworldmap How Green Was My Valley
Day 2 Natural Wonders of the Drakensberg South Africa
Day 3 Caveman Shopper Showstopper


Thought for Today: Anger and madness are brothers. ~ African Proverb

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I love walking through museums, especially seeing artefacts that are beyond my age.


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Seeing how things have been made, engineered over the years to make life easier is always interesting.


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Couldn't agree more @joanstewart.


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Wow! A huge amount of memories here Lady Joan and so beautifully preserved. I am trying to figure how many prisoners can fit in that one tiny cell. Were they around today, at least 12 prisoners would be forced in there due to our seriously overcrowded prisons.
A great post here!
Blessings!


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Prison staff photo only showed seven policemen looking after the fort, approximately fifteen cells no idea on how many were accommodated in there at any given time.

With stock theft over the escarpment, mounted patrols went out, parks board still ride horses high up into the mountains protecting the area.


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How cool is there! And very interesting. Thank you for the excursion!


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Thanks for visiting and comment.


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WOW what a fun place to visit so much to see, the outside area is so beautiful, and then you took us inside and with each photo and description I was more impressed, the cave painting examples are so cool and then all the other suff what an amazing place to visit


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One of the most comprehensive museums I have seen in a long time (not my first visit either). Took too many photo's to share all, it gives travelers an idea of what to see in some small towns.


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IT sure looks Comprehensive I think if I lived near it I would do a few visits there also :)

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Wonder article, I really like museums, especially seeing artifacts that are beyond or way back in time before I was born. Keep it up, lovely post


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Some of these implements will still be around for many a year if looked after.


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Amazing collection photographs my friend..
Thanks for share with us..


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Thanks for visiting with me, something very different from the normal photography I share.


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That looks like a great day out and thanks for all the wonderful info and photos. Great post and keep up the good work


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Thanks for feedback, glad you enjoy this place Ian.


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Thank you for support @travelfeed and @for91days


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Wow! Looking at all the photos while reading your post just made me feel like I'm taking a tour. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post with us. May you have a great day!


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Thanks for positive feedback and taking the time to enjoy this post @sgbonus


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I am very interested in history and I love it walking through museums. Thanks for let us having part of your excursion through this place.


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Certain parts of this museum are exceptionally interesting with a great curator, excellent documented proof with excellent display. Thanks for visiting.


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