On the corner that the main road makes through the little town of Hofmeyr stands a big green “lady” that beckons you to a building that serves a welcoming ginger beer and koeksister to travellers through the Karoo. Karoobos is what we would call in Afrikaans a real “plattelandse padstal” (country road stall). They don’t just serve the most delicious meals but also sell jams, homemade products and antiques.
In the back of the building visitors would find the Hofmeyr Museum. The museum used to be housed somewhere else but had to find a new home due to different circumstances. The owners of Karoobos at that stage bought some of the museums antiques and then offered the trustees space in the padstal’s building to set up the museum in a safe and accessible environment.
The museum showcase a lot of history, antiques and Africana that is part of the town and tells of its history. Now it may not be the South African Natural History Museum, but it still plays an important part in retaining and conserving the history of the town.