A little history on the Yellowwood Outspan Hotel, From a beacon dispute between an adjacent farm “The Yellowwood Farm” owned by a Mr Richard Joseph Painter a
serveyed in 1833 by the well known “Sir Andries Stockenstrom“. Alaxander built the Hotel on land that was leased from the goverment, I would say around 1845 ( He would have been 23 )
he also operated a trading store as well. Alexander was known to the local blacks (the Xhosa) as Kwa-Teddi. (Kwa meaning place of) So from that we can assume his nik name was Teddy.
He died on the 4th October 1878, At that time the 9th Xhosa war or the Fengu-Gcaleka War of (1877 to 1879) it was at the final stages of the war, It was a time when all the local
residents sought shelter at Fort Beaufort as the Xhosa’s where killing, looting and burning the whole of the frontier. The fire at the hotel may have been as a result of the marauding Xhosa’s
from the Amatola Mountain range and he may have even been injured in the fire and died of an infection as there where no antibiotics back then. The hotel was then taking over by
a Mr Henry Robert Hazelton, who it is said to have been a retired Sea Captain and poet. along with his wife Fanny Maria and children. It is also said that his daughters painted, large murals
on the walls of the hotel which were very beautifully done and cherished even after they had left. Henry died on the 1st June 1898 at the age of 75 and it was then bought
in 1898 by Mr Robert Long and he ran the hotel and trading store until 1918. (Early pic) His son Herbert (Bert) Long took the hotel over from his father and ran it until 1965.
they added a bathroom and toilet to all the rooms of the hotel which was a major undertaking and had special skirting boards fitted to stop the huge dampness problem the hotel had.
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