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Attraction Name: History of Blanco – George
CATEGORY:: Cultural Attractions
Type: Anecdotes
Description of Attraction: Henry Fancourt White, enchanted by Outeniqualand, bought a portion of the farm Modder River in 1848. He sold a portion to Frances Cook, who named his farm Oaklands, and subdivided the rest into erven. The little village was called “Whitesville” in honour of Henry Fancourt White, but at his suggestion was changed to Blanco, the Latin term for white.

In 1859 Henry White built a beautiful double storey thatched mansion which he named Blanco House. In 1903 his son Ernest Montagu White renamed the House Fancourt – in honour of his farther. Today The Manor House at Fancourt is a National Monument and Fancourt a well-known hotel and golfing destination.

The main route from Mossel bay to the Langkloof passed through Blanco, where a settlement of merchants was soon established. The village was also the main postal centre. This caused dissatisfaction among the businessmen of George, and so a direct link from George to the tollhouse was built in about 1882. This road was called Bain’s Trace and was probably built by Thomas Bain, who surveyed the new route.
Suburb: Blanco
Town: George
Code: 6529
Region: Garden Route, South Africa
Date Posted / Updated: 21 June 2016
Source: Montagu Pass - Helena Marincowitz
Garden Route Meander Office Use Only
Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
First Name: Garden Route Meander
Last Name: Office Use Only
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