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Founded in 1823 after the Toverberg mission station was closed in 1818 and Dr John Philip, superintendent of South Africa, wanted a mission station in the area, making it the oldest town in the Free State

Philippolis Fossils
In the region of Philippolis two fossils where found, a fish fossil which belonged to the order of Palaeonisciformes and a reptile which belonged to the Eodicynodon family.

Transgariep Museum
The Transgariep Museum features, in thematic displays, the Griquas, the London Missionary Society, Emily Hobhouse, and Old Philippolis - the oldest town in the Free State.