Founded in 1889, the town was previously known as Singer's Post, its name was changed to Amsterdam, and again to its current name Reitz, after the Orange Free State president, Francis William Reitz. Lying almost halfway between Bethlehem and Frankfort on Route 26 in the Free State, Reitz is described as a peaceful village. Despite its apparent isolation, it lies only two hours' drive from Johannesburg and has thus made it on to Gautengers' weekend getaway lists.
Reitz is a quaint little village that is extremely pleasing on the eye. For this reason, and the fact that it maintains a relatively low profile (other than the Bielie Mielie Festival in February - a festival celebrating mealies in a predominiantly maize-farming community) makes it extremely enticing. The town has one of the largest maize silos in the southern hemisphere and is a major maize growing community
Reitz is also only 45 minutes' drive from the already extremely popular village of Clarens (just the other side of Bethlehem) and it is the urge to find a similar classic village in the heart of the Free State that sends people into this unspoilt and completely peaceful countryside to find their own bolt hole.