Small Towns and their Churches

Small Towns and their Churches

In every small town is a ton of history dating back hundreds of years. But one building that’s undeniably evident is the unique architecture of churches.

What lacks in population, small towns gain in strength of charm, local crafts and entertainment and most importantly, churches.

With influences of Dutch settlements, Georgian styles or French Huguenots, these buildings are exceptional; designed meticulously picturesque and historically rich.

Being constantly drawn to the unique historical structures, it’s not always the exterior that encapsulates your thoughts but more the interior that’s feasted with stories and tales that either is sad, humorous or rather shocking.

For example, Napier – a town situated in the Overberg is named after the then Governor of the Cape, Sir George Napier. However, when Michiel van Breda and his neighbor, Pieter Voltelyn van der Byl couldn’t agree where the church of the community should be, it resulted in two separate churches, and two separate towns; Bredasdorp and Napier. This is just one of many stories.

Heres a few images I took over the years of various churches in small towns:

Heidelberg: The Town of Milk and Honey

Dutch Reformed (NGK) in Heidelberg

The Dutch Reformed Church in Vredenburg

Dutch Reformed church, Bredasdorp

NG Kerk

NG Kerk in McGregor

Moravian Church in Elim

NG Kerk in Napier

Moravian Church in Goedverwacht

Dutch Reformed church, Prince Albert

Piketberg Dutch Reformed Church

What churches are you drawn too? Which ones should I be visiting? Let me know!

Until next time.

Stephanie Marthinus Blog


Small Towns and their Churches