Archigny is a common Vienna, New Aquitaine region, 30 km northeast of Poitiers.
Crossed by several rivers whose Ozon vast 66 square kilometers, the area is composed of a village and several hamlets. At the edge of Poitou and the borders of Touraine and Berry, it presents a hilly green landscape and discreetly formed groves and meadows.
The town is famous for having hosted in 1773 and in 1774 expelled the Acadians by the British and that refugees in France, were invited to move to clear and cultivate the land. Most, however, returned to America after a few years.
Much later, during the Second War, the demarcation line separating the north of occupied France and southern administered by the Vichy authorities went through the locality.
With now some 1,100 inhabitants, Archigny preserved a predominantly agricultural economy (grain crops, cattle and sheep farms).
Heritage and environment make it a pleasant stop for green tourism lovers.
Archigny has a quality historical heritage which includes the abbey site of Our Lady of the Star, founded in the twelfth century by Isambaut of the Star, whose brother Peter was in turn responsible for the abbey Fontgombault.
The Abbey Archigny was proven by the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion and thus was rebuilt in the seventeenth century. However, it never regained its original prosperity and after the Revolution, it became the center of a farm. Now protected historical monuments titles, the site retains architectural elements of interest (chapter house, chapel, cloister garden). Permanent and temporary exhibitions are presented. Price: 4.50 and 6 euros. Information at +33 5 49 46 80 65.
See also, the Church of St George whose foundations date back to the twelfth century, but was rebuilt in the eighteenth after being heavily damaged during the Wars of Religion and during a storm in 1711. It is still home today bronze bells, a pulpit and carved woodwork from the old abbey, dating from the eighteenth.
On the civilian side, the area of the Talbadière worth a detour. This is an isolated manor house in the countryside which was owned in the seventeenth century a king squire, who embellished.
However, it is the museum-farm Acadian Line, the pride and originality of local heritage: the building was one of the farms built in the eighteenth century to accommodate the Acadian refugees has been renovated and fitted. We discover through objects and antique furniture as well as many documents the history of these families descendant of French immigrants in America and who returned a time to find asylum in the region to clear land. Open from June to September. Information at +33 5 49 85 31 26 or +33 5 49 21 54 39.
In terms of activities and leisure "nature", noted that the town has tennis courts and a multi-sport field (Contact +33 5 49 85 31 26).
However, it is the recreation area of Near the fountain with its water, its petanque and volleyball constructed on the banks, its playgrounds and picnic, which attracts families in summer. An arboretum was performed for the enjoyment of walkers. The basic green is appreciated, as the pond, but swimming is authorized and supervised in July and August.
The water can also bridge fishing enthusiasts, as the course of Ozon. Learn about the regulation +33 6 09 84 14 75.
As for hiking, several thematic routes were plotted and signposted in the municipality, dedicated to the history (home of Acadian refugees) or the richness of the landscape (rivers lined mills, groves, heather - covered areas moors testimony of former clearings -).
Dedicated circuits for mountain bikers through the town and covering the entire country of Chatellerault are also available to fans. Maps and information +33 5 49 21 05 47.
Finally, on a cultural level, the library of Archigny offers activities and exhibitions. Information at +33 5 49 02 08 49.