History of Stanford

The small riverside village of Stanford in the Western Cape province of South Africa has become quite a popular Weekend Break Destination with its cosy Accommodation and welcoming Eateries, scattered throughout the Village.

Wedged between Hermanus and Gansbaai, Stanford was once awarded as; ‘South Africa’s Favourite Village’. This historically preserved town is also known for its rich history that ties in closely to that of the Cape and South Africa and is truly a fantastic place to visit when hoping to get lost in Nature and Culture alike.

Here are 5 historical facts about Stanford:

  • The Village was established on the Farm; ‘Kleine Rivers Vallei’ in 1857.
  • Stanford is Named after the original owner of the farm, Sir Robert Stanford who served many years, in the British Army.
  • The Village holds the title of ‘3rd most Preserved Village’ in the Western Cape. This is greatly thanks to the Stanford Conservation Trust, which was formed in 1992.
  • Stanford is the only Town in the Overstrand proclaimed a Heritage Site in its entirety.
  • Most of the buildings and houses in the Village, are built 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 a unique experience with its outdoor adventures, beautiful heritage and great character, authentic accommodation and excellent culinary experiences.

Be sure to explore all that the Village has to offer, as the History of Stanford has shaped the place that it is today.

Source: SA History