Olive Schreiner House Museum

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Schreiner House is one of Cradock's most fascinating and attractive old buildings. Olive Schreiner, best known for her book of an African Farm lived here with three of her siblings from 1868 to 1870, and the house now acts as a museum and representation of her life.

Schreiner House houses Olive's personal library, copies of the books she wrote, and exhibitions depicting her life, as well as those of her siblings. The book shop at Schreiner House sells a wide variety of books, including her most celebrated work, The Story of an African Farm as well as other books by and about her.

Schreiner house was bought by A.A. Mutual life and subsequently restored as a joint project with the town council of Cradock. It has since been donated to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) and was declared a National Monument in 1986.



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