Stanford is a small Riverside Village, in Overberg District Municipality, Western Cape. Located only 16 km East of Hermanus and 22 km North-East of Gansbaai. Once awarded; 'South Africa’s Favourite Village', Stanford has become quite the popular Weekend Break Destination with its cosy Accommodation and welcoming Eateries, scattered throughout the Village.
The beautifully preserved town is also known for its rich history that’s tied in closely to that of the Cape and South Africa. It truly is a fantastic place to visit when hoping to get lost in Nature and Culture alike.
Here are 5 historical facts about Stanford:
1. The Village was established on the Farm; 'Kleine Riviers Vallei' in 1857.
2. Stanford is Named after the original owner of the Farm, Sir Robert Stanford. They served many years, in the British Army.
3. The Village holds the title of '3rd most Preserved Village' in the Western Cape. This is great thanks to the Stanford Conservation Trust, which was formed in 1992.
4. Stanford is the only Town in the Overstrand proclaimed a Heritage Site, in its entirety.
5. Most of the Buildings and Houses in the Village, are built by the Cape Victorian and Edwardian Styles. They can be appreciated in all their glory, on the Historical Walk offered by the Stanford Tourism Bureau.
Stanford offers unique experiences with; its Outdoor Adventures, beautiful Heritage and great Character. Be sure to explore all that the Village has to offer, as the History of Stanford has shaped the place that it is today.
Article Courtesy of www.sahistory.org.za/place/stanford-western-cape-overberg