I did a guided live-streamed tour of the Templer Colony in Sarona with Tomar from Heygo. Sarona is a neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Israel which started as a German Templer Colony in Palestine in 1871.
By 1889, over two hundreds people lived in Sarona and there were 41 homes, a communal hall, a winery, workshops, barns and sheds.
The Sarona colonists brought modern farming tools and practices and they focused on crops and products they could readily sell. The water pump can still be seen there today.
The area is now a popular shopping district, with museums focusing on its history history, and IDF complexes. Some of the houses earmarked for preservation are: Original Community House, Old Lämmle House, Glenk House, The New Community House, Friedrich Häring House, New School and Community Complex and Immanuel Steller House.
The original Sarona Templer Clock is now on display in the Sarona Museum, accessible via the visitor’s center. A new carillon clock adorns the facade of one house.
We also saw the old wooden bowling alley which provided recreation long ago. We also saw grapefruit trees and Tomar told us that there is an Oktoberfest starting here the next day after the tour.