About Freshford House Museum

Freshford House Museum is one of the few houses of the upper middle class of the Edwardian Period that still exists in Bloemfontein. The house was designed and built by the architect John Edwin Harrison for himself and his wife, Kate Caroline. Born and trained in England, Harrison immigrated to South Africa in 1894 and a few years later entered into a partnership with the architect W.H. Stucke.

The Freshford House remains one of Bloemfontein’s few original homes of the upper-middle class people during the Edwardian Period. It was designed and built by British emigrant, John E Harrison. Building was completed in 1897, which means that it incorporates elements of the Late Victorian Era in addition to the Edwardian style.

This house is characterised by its red brick walls, bay windows, corrugated iron roof, cast-iron finishes, open verandah, and carved wood. It has an asymmetrical façade, finishing the look and feel off to perfection.

In 1982, the house was handed over to the National Museum, who then restored it to its former glory. It took four years before it was opened to the public. In order to give it the perfect final touch, a garden that reflects the Late Victorian Era was established.

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Where31 Kellner Street, Westdene, Bloemfontein

WhenMonday to Friday from 10h00 to 13h00
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 14h00 to 17h00
Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day

How muchPrices on request.

Telephone+27 (0)51 447-9609

OvernightThe closest town is Bloemfontein, in Free State

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