The Sensitive Natural Area Timber Bar:
In the early 19th century that the activity millstone Fertoise industrializes, careers Timber Bar will gain momentum. We abandon the manufacture of grinding wheels in one piece "monolithic" and turned to the production of wheels called "English". This innovation introduced a method of assembling a plurality of tracks: the tiles around a central piece: the Boitard.
In 1837, companies Gaillard, Small & Halbou Old Gatelier based society Timber Barre.
1900, trade in millstones declines, the Barre quarries experiencing ultimate conversion through the extraction of stone for construction. But another use is less visible are the works of new Paris metro! Rubble millstone are conveyed from the quarries to the edge of the Marne thanks to an ingenious air carrier, a sort of cable. From there, barges carrying stone to the capital. This is the time of the expansion of the suburbs of Paris and its pavilions "millstone".
This former mining the millstone, this site blank hills is an ideal place for hikers. Afforestation Timber bar is marked by stands that have naturally colonized a changed environment by man at the time of operating the millstone. Undergrowth total 165 plant species. It offers beautiful stretches of spring plants: bluebell, lesser celandine, pennywort, wood anemone ... Areas contain limestone hill and open the male orchis. Among the fauna, it is possible to observe mammals such as deer, wild boar, marten, badger, but also in ponds protected species in France: the salamander. This circuit allows the walker educational discover this historic and ecological.
Free access. Free Guided tours for groups by reservation at the Tourist Office of La Ferte-sous-Jouarre.