McGregor Heritage Society
Preserving McGregor Heritage
- The McGregor Heritage Society was founded in 1995 to promote harmonious development and conserve historically significant elements of the village.
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GPS S33° 57' 5.64" E19° 49' 31.84"
To McGregor 0.42 km
The latest edition of the Heritage Society newsletter went out in May 2012. McGregor celebrates its 150th birthday in 2012. 1862 was the year the village was first given formal status, although a few houses had been built there during earlier decades.
Committee Members 2013/2014
Pam Verall, Mira Weiner, Paul Trim, Louise van Riet, Jan Glazewski, Sandy Munroe, Michael Ridsdale and Andries Willemse.
MUSEUM REPORT intro Replace in full
After the fire in the Tourism office, all the Museum exhibits were cleaned, the files re-sleeved and the books rescued where possible. Then the move was made to a small but dedicated room leading off the Tourism office. The opening party in February was a thank-you to everyone who has contributed to the growth of the Museum over the years and was certainly fun ... the Museum may not be grand enough to count as a Phoenix rising from the ashes, but it does qualify as a lively firefinch!
The Museum is definitely presenting a bright and welcoming face to visitors in this heritage year, when the village of McGregor celebrates its 150th birthday. Relays of (press-ganged) painters and handymen transformed shelves and cupboards and even re-glazed doors. In the course of restoring some of the exhibits, Keith Poole did an amazing job on the ceremonial sword lent to the Museum by John McGregor, a great-grandson of the Rev. Andrew McGregor who gave his name to the village. And John, with a party of friends from Sedgefield, was on hand for the fund-rising dinner at Green Gables Old Mill on May 4 when renowned watermill expert Andy Selfe came to talk about, the Old Mill itself (c. 1860). We hope that it can be restored and become a special tourist attraction. Everyone crowded around the ancient workings, with a complimentary glass of Rooiberg's award-winning muscadel in hand, and listened to Andy describing how it worked and how it could once more grind flour for local bread-making.
A description of the plants in the bath on the Tourism stoep is now on display, and progress is being made towards a full tribute to a son of McGregor, George Payne, who was an organist, composer and world-renowned collector of aloes and succulents.