Sutherland is the birth place of the two very famous poets and writers N.P. Van Wyk Louw and W.E.G Louw. One can only relate in Afrikaans to try and understand their passion for the town and its people.

Just outside town is a large dam of which N.P. writes:

'Nog eenmaal wil ek in die skemeraand
Weer op ons dorp en by ons dorpsdam staan,
Weer met my rek op in die donker skiet,
En Luister, en al word ek seer en dof,
Hoe die klien klippe ver weg in die riet
Uit donker in die donker water plof.'


Not only in Amsterdam, but also in Sutherland!
The growing of Tulips started many years ago by a Dutch Reform Reverend Ds Brink.

The farmer Aret and Lampies Lambrechts on the farm Koornlandskloof were the largest tulip famers in the area. They are now retired. A big selection can today only be found at Sterland, Baroe and Skrywershuisie

Normally the bulbs are planted at the end of April. Tulips flower in September, and because of our extreme cold, little or no pest control is needed. The beautiful flowers are cut off and not used - only the bulbs. The flowers are sold locally to people who market cut flowers.


In the Town of Sutherland, there are other historical landmarks that may be of interest:

  • The Old English Cemetery
  • The Jewish Cemetery
  • Dutch Reformed Church

and with the nine planets of the solar system, several "Plinths" were built along the 1,2km main street of Sutherland on scale to give the visitor an impression of the distance between the planets as well as the size of the planet to the size of the sun.