Varaignes is at the crossroads of three departments. This town north of the Périgord Vert, affecting virtually the Charente to the west and north, a distance of 15-20 km, Limousin.
The memories of the Middle Ages are many Varaignes. The castle (XIV in the early 17th century) and the church were once united by a tunnel. Recipes (now restaurant) was the place where people brought in kind tax they owed the lord.
The mill and the oven (not visited) and the fountain of Saint Jean, a former fountain devotions.
The old houses huddled against each other in narrow streets that climb the slope leading from the creek at the top of the plateau.
The Wisdom of Saint Martin Turkeys (November 11) since at least the time of Henry the fourth and Sully. That's only fair that is constantly maintained over the centuries. Flocks of turkeys are on the fairgrounds on parade as they came past on foot with the farmers. That day, under the marquee and in restaurants Varaignes, turkey is served.
Several turkey farmers have settled in and around Varaignes. They opened with other producers at a shop where Varaignes are offered the products of their farms.
Varaignes kept the medieval village ordered structure around the castle.In 1451, the Manor of Varaignes pass Montbron Francois Gautier de Pérusse des Cars Lord of the Vauguyon, the Coussière of Roussines, Tower Bar, Den and the Barony of St Germain sur Vienne . Lords of Varaignes possessed the right of the Upper, Middle and Lower justice in the parishes of Soudat, Bussiere, Bearberry, St. Robert's Chapel in the Dordogne and of Souffrignac, Emouthiers-Ferrier, Stables, Roussines Montbron and enclaves in the Charente.
The advantage of this castle is that it can embrace the evolution of the local architecture from the 13th to the 16th century for military medieval architecture of 13th century square keep, Gothic architecture of the 15th century hexagonal tower facade and the courtyard of the 16th Italian Renaissance. The present castle was the heart of a defensive enclosure whose last turn in the location of the current post, was destroyed in 1920.
Castle communal Varaignes is included in the inventory of buildings in France. It was restored through the efforts of the Tourist Information and Cultural Animation Foster Varaignes who received the first prize in the National Antenne 2 "Masterpiece in Peril" hands on 16.12.1981 Minister of Culture.
The Weavers Workshop-Museum and Charentaise Varaignes:
It also exhibits contemporary textile designs. It is a living museum with its workshops in operation: the work of fibers in the production of "Charentaises.
His home village weaver has the tools at hand: spindles, spinning wheels, loom shuttles flying ... In her workshops, textile machines operate on demand: spinning line with its laboratory business Jacquart and ribbon, carding and fullingThe workshop-sewn back to the famous "Charentaises.
Animation Workshop and Museum: market Weavers of Pentecost, and in season, led workshops on Monday and Thursday.
The Lud'eau: Trail Interpretive Lud'eaux RAM:
Varaignes Located near the Hook, small stream, is an animated presentation (mock on-site operation) in the history of hydraulics in the Périgord-Limousin: forges, mills, sawmills, textile mills and, turbine and electricity, wind, environment and geology.
Textile plants and dye on the course of discovery Lud'eaux alive. Presentation of plant species were more or less used in local industry.
The Hall was rebuilt but has preserved in part its original appearance.
The pigeon ... that we discover during the Tour Village, this course is available at the Tourist Office.