Dewetsdorp lies on the R702, just 75km south-east of the bustle
of Bloemfontein. Most of the town's attractions and tourist sites
relate to the struggle of the soldiers in the Anglo-Boer War.
Named after Jacobus Ignatius de Wet, the father of General Christiaan
de Wet of Anglo-Boer War fame on the farm Kareefontein.
Jacobus de Wet was field-cornet for this area and, for reasons
of security, campaigned for a village in the vicinity of the farm
Kareefontein. An application to establish one was refused by the
Volksraad in 1876. Despite this, De Wet and others bought Kareefontein
and divided it into residential stands. Three years later he again
applied for Kareefontein to be recognised as a village. In 1880
it was duly proclaimed under the name Dewetsdorp. It became a
municipality in 1890.
During the Anglo-Boer War the town was occupied by a British
garrison after Bloemfontein had fallen. On 19 November 1900 General
Christiaan de Wet attacked the garrison commanded by major W.G.
Massy, who surrendered four days later.
The 2 260 square km district is prime sheep and cattle ranching
country. The main crops are wheat and maize.
On top of a hill commemorating the British soldiers who died in
the Anglo-Boer War.
Centenary Festival Monument
In front of the City Hall. Great trek cenetenary monument.
De Wet Grave
The resting-place of General CR de Wet's wife, with a small monument
Monument in front of Dutch Reformed Church commemorating twin
citizens who died in the Anglo-Boer War.
British soldiers in English cemetery.