Boplaas 1743 is blessed to have the only remaining, original farmyard in South Africa. It consists entirely of early Cape vernacular buildings and includes a mill where wheat was ground into flour, a soap house, a wagon shed, a baking house and an interesting homestead. This is also is completely intact and is open to visitors by appointment. The famous, late Afrikaans poet, Boerneef, was also a van der Merwe son and loved his home very dearly. A collection of his work is on display at the farm.
In the early years, the farm was known as Moerasvlei and was mainly used for grazing cattle on. Izak Wilhelmus van der Merwe was the first owner. All of 274 years later, the 10th generation now works the land, while the 11th generation is enjoying their childhood on the farm.
Boplaas was always a hub of activity and creativity. From its prolific writers and poets, Carl Boplaas and Boerneef, to Jomari's beautiful jewellery and the dynamic agricultural businesses that are all managed from here, today.
Research on the van der Merwe family tree in South Africa is available on request. Further European research by Carl van der Merwe can be found here.
The homestead prior to being declared a national monument
Oupa & Ouma Van der Merwe
The homestead after being declared a national monument
The prolific writer and poet, Carl Boplaas with his parents and siblings
Acclaimed poet, Boerneef