The discovery of a coal seam in 1827 initiates the industrial mining adventure between Vendée and Deux-Sèvres.
Gradually the wooded countryside changed with the mine complex, miner’s cottages and other industries that shaped the territory and marked the inhabitant of the area. Social life was organized by the mining company, so they built a true company town.
Men and children went down to 525m underground to dig this coal. This precious ore was very useful to industries or as a heating system. It kept the area going for 130 years until it was shut down in 1958.