After a dispute about the location of the new town was settled, the town was established in 1879 and named Vrede , which means "peace" in Afrikaans. The slogan of the town is "Pax et Multum" - "Peace and abundance", which seem to have been prophetic.
Vrede is a large cattle farming area, where beef of the highest quality is produced.The district also lays claim to be one of the highest producers of high grade wool in the Free State .
The Bothasberg ,Langberg, and Witkoppe , are prominent landmarks in the area.
ADVENTURE AND SPORT
4x4 routes , hiking as well as birdwatching opportunities ,horseriding , hunting , mountain biking and trout-fishing oppurtunities abound on the many holiday farms in the area . Vrede has its own 9-hole golf course set in scenic surroundings, as well as a tennis club and well established bowls court. Vrede dam , Emanzini ,is a generous source of water and provide ideal opportunities for angling , water-skiing and boating.
ART AND CRAFTS
Several art studios and galeries can be found . Antiques and imported furniture is another good buy to be found in town. (Click here) to visit the website of Bonhani Arts & Crafts
CULTURE / COMMUNITY TOURISM
Thembalihle Township: Sip a beer at a friendly shebeen or browse at the tuckshop and buy some African crafts.
History Battle Fields: Old ABW Battlefields in the area,include the Lankverwaght /Kalkkrans and Tafelkop /Rietspruit Battlefields. The cemetery has a Garden of Remembrance with 2 monuments in honour of the fallen British Soldiers.The Dutch Reformed Church ,a beautiful sandstone building in the center of town, was originally built after the groundplan of the Notre Dame Chatreaux in France , albeit on a much smaller scale. The Great Trek Monument , also in the garden , commemorates the Great Trek of 1938. The Burghers Monument was erected in honour of the Boers ,who died during the ABW.
The many guest houses and guest farms are proof of the hospitality and warmth of the people of Vrede .
Come to Vrede for Peace and Abundance.