The numerous remains from the alluvial gold diggings era and mining days within the cultural landscape of Pilgrim's Rest attest to it being the birth place of the South African gold mining industry. Whereas mining centres like Barberton developed into sizable towns and some, like Johannesburg, even became sprawling cities, the village of Pilgrim's Rest never even attained formal town status.
Being dependant on the fluctuating gold production and its profits, the population of the village swelled and contracted accordingly. As landowners of the farm, the mining company, TGME, offered insecure tenure and freehold development never occurred. Yet this remarkable community contributed a variety of milestones in South Africa's golden history.
A special exhibit at the Pilgrim’s Rest Information Centre