• Musée d'Archéologie et des Traditions Populaires
    Chauvigny

    Housed in a 16th century dwelling, the museum reconstructs a typical ¨Poitevin interior with headdresses, clothes and everyday objects from 19th century Poitou. One room is dedicated to crafts and another room displays an archaeological collection of Gallo-Roman and Medieval finds from local archeological digs. Don't miss : the Medieval town and the Industrial Archaeology Museum.

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  • Cité des Tanneurs
    Lavausseau

    Unique industrial heritage, The City of the Tanners opens you the doors of the Tannery of Boivre to make you discover the ancestral know-how of the last craft furrier of France, using machines which have near century. The tanning of the skins of calves and goats will not have secrets anymore for you. In the continuation, an exhibition redraws the history of tanneries to Lavausseau, the various uses of the leather and the plant tanning in the tan.

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  • Moulin de Verteuil
    Verteuil-sur-charente

    With its traditional baker's oven and its unique location this mill is the industrial and craft center of an activity for at least 4 centuries. This mill besides his flour-mill to licence in the castle of Verteuil to be one of very first in France to possess the tap water to feed by the mill. In 20th century a sawmill in summer to create in the mill and numerous elements are still visible there. Magnificent wooden and stony vessel he crossed ages and keeps all his character.

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  • Moulin à marée
    Loix

    Follow the ballet of the birds (egrets, herons..) all the way to the port of LOIX and discover the last tide mill of the isle of Ré flanked by its exquisite wooden footbridge. In the 17th century, the mill's first purpose was to ensure the "moulange" (milling) of flour, and the building also served as a passage from the "isle of Loye" to la Couarde. The mill facilitated maintenance of the channel; the sea water reserve formed at high tide could be conserved, and at low tide, the force of the current cleaned out the harbor reach allowing boats to dock. Even today, this principle is applied so as to "expel" silt and mud from the port. In the early 19th century, salt production was a major industry; as a growing shipper of salt, LOIX turned into an important port town. Large ships coming from all over the Atlantic coast and as far away as Canada stopped over in LOIX to load the precious "white gold". During that period, the mill was used to wash the salt. Around the port square, all the buildings were connected in one way or another with the salt trade; the drawbridge that weighed the salt cart at its center (traces of this may still be seen), the residences of civil servants such as customs agents and, especially, the salt factory, a large closed building with high walls to the visitor's right, which featured a particularly high-rising chimney. The tide mill is now private property, and cannot be visited.

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  • Centre d'Interprétation Géologique du Thouarsais
    Thouars

    This earth science, educational, cultural and scientific area hosts a permanent stone exhibition that demonstrates the natural, architectural, historic and industrial heritage of Thouars. The area has many display panels, video-clips, models, tools, scale models and ornaments that are open to the public and where geology is presented in an original and unexpected manner. A visit to the C.I.G.T. can be followed or preceded by a visit (with or without a guide) to the Toarcien Natural Reserve and to the Pressoir valley.

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