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Name[ edit ] There are two or maybe more theories as how the village received its name. Some others think that it is because one of the three peaks that overlook the village, when seen from a certain angle, resembles a Hog's Back A hog's back is a geological term describing this particular rock formation.
History[ edit ] The earliest known written reference to 'Hogsback' was found in the journal of the painter Thomas Baineswho passed the 'Hogs Back' while on his travels deeper inside South Africa in Besides the 'Hogsback', the highest peak in the area is the 1 m Gaika's Kop.
The nearby Xhosa tribes called the surrounding area Qabimbola meaning 'red clay on the face' as the surrounding clay was used for face painting. Gaika's Kop was one of the Xhosa strongholds. British troops were later stationed here and a number of forts were built to guard the border with the Xhosa.
One of these forts was Fort Michellnamed after Colonel Michell of the Warwickshire regiment, who was at one point in charge of troops in the area.
The name has since changed to Fort Mitchell. The outline of Fort Michell, and the first road from Fort Hare can still be seen. The conflict between the British and Xhosa continued further north and a small settlement began to grow.
Some of the first inhabitants of Hogsback were SummertonOdendaal and Booysens. Thomas Summertona gardener from Oxfordhas a legacy that survives in the local gardens and his attempts to re-create the English countryside.
This can be seen in apple orchards, avenues lined with hazelnutberry fruits and the flowering plants that have spread throughout the surrounding area. European flowers, bushes and trees include rhododendrons, azaleas, fruits and berries. He named his farm Cherrie Orchard and also built a furrow — Summerton's furrow — to carry water from a stream on Tor Doone.
In the s, Collins built a small hotel, called the Hogsback Hydro, of which later became the Hogsback Inn. Hunterstoun, the private estate of David Hunter, in Hunter was the honorary secretary and treasurer of the Lovedale Institution and the Victoria College near Alice. Forestry began in with a survey to determine the best areas for planting.
The Hogsback pass was opened in Hobbiton-on-Hogsback was started in as a holiday camp for children who could not afford to go on holidays and with the aid of several organisations and private donations, had grown to an outdoor education facility for underprivileged children.
There was also a shop, the Handy Log Cabin, situated in the grounds of Arminel. At the turn of the century, local farmers and townsfolk started to build holiday homes here and its charms became more widely known. The cottages were mostly of wattle and daub with thatched roofs.
A rule was also made in regard to the size of the plots, namely that each one had to be at least two morgen. The large gardens in the surrounding area also include exotic plants from all parts of the Earth, and it is a destination and tourist attraction among both international and South African tourists.
Hiking and walking trails[ edit ] There are a number of hiking routes and walks that take walkers through the forests, up mountains, past waterfalls and to viewing points and views of the area. These trails vary from short easy walks to trails taking 3—4 hours and longer. Hogsback hiking trails include: Tolkien[ edit ] The Amatola Forest in the Hogsback area is often claimed, but cannot be true since Tolkien left South Africa when he was three years old as J.
Tolkien 's inspiration for The Lord of the Ringsin particular for his fictional forest of Mirkwood.
The link between Tolkien and Hogsback would seem to be a back formation from the establishment in of Hobbiton on Hogsback,  a holiday and educational camp for underprivileged children.
This was ten years after the publication of The Hobbit which was a huge success and which would have inspired the camp's founders as they set up in such an evocatively forested area.
It has a climate range from as low as 3. Hogsback receives an average annual precipitation of mm. Hogsback receives most of its rainfall in summer, often accompanied by thunderstorms.The Red Wattle hog is a breed of domestic pig originating in the United States.
It is named for its red color and distinctive wattles or tassels, and is on the threatened list of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC).Country of origin: United States. Yard Signs and Lawn Greeting Critter Options from Phoenix Storks and Birthdays in Arizona.
Rental includes display setup at night while the victim sleeps. The Berkshire. Cromwell’s troops, when quartered in Reading, made reference to a locally bred pig renowned for its size and the quality of its bacon and ham.
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