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RESERVATIONS
Nombre de personnes

1992

The reception

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

The restaurant

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

The swimmingpool

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

The gîtes

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne


1995

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne


2008

The restaurant

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

The restaurant

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

The swimmingpool

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

The swimmingpool

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

The gîtes

Camping La Forge de Sainte Marie • Haute-Marne • Champagne

History of La Forge de Sainte Marie

1632 - 1892

Founded on the river Rongeant.

The metallurgical industry was established long-standing at Thonnance-les-Moulins as a dated 1632 act authorized François Mathieu to build a furnace and a refinery, which produced already, in 1772, 400 tons of cast iron and 275 tons of iron.

In 1784, the factory, located at 1500 metres downstream from the town, and led by Mme Mollerat, included a furnace that was working only four months a year, two refineries and a bocard.

In 1818 his production was 375 tons of cast iron and 250 tonnes of iron, obtained from 893 tons of washed iron ore and 960 tons of charcoal. There were 24 workers, 45 forest and 26 carriers. In 1827 there were 22 workers, including 7 for the blast furnace, 8 blacksmiths, 4 CADS, 1 filler, 1 martineur and 1 driver.

In 1837, under the direction of Mme De Maupas, two outbreaks of refinery were replaced by an oven to puddle, mechanical working of the railway continuing to be performed at the hammer (Champagne method). The annual production was then 800 tons of cast iron and 500 tons of iron.

In 1856, the furnace that was in bad state has been completely reconstructed.

The year 1862 saw the refining station; the blast furnace remains only active steam supporting the water wheel, to operate the blower elbois. In 1880, everything seems off served. Since then, a wire is installed in the former factory building, but it has disappeared in turn.

1892 - 1924

Property of Mr Joseph Simonnot.

1924 - 1939

La Forge was bought by Mr Léon Pessort, an engineer from Orleans. He came to the area in order to find iron components, as well as a workforce competant in the ironworks industy, to complete the machines he created. The foundary was completed.

In 1925 asked Mr Léon Pessort his son in law Mr André Fugeray and his first born daughter Marguerite to take over the business. They fabricated first class blankets, cloth, gloves and felt for felt tip pens.

In 1926 La Forge was ceremonally blessed by the Father Prosper Dufour, Mme Pessorts brother. As one gives blessing to a boat for example. From this moment on La Forge was named La Forge de Sainte Marie.

1940

The war ruined the business. With the occupation, and supplies of wood, metal and coal stopped, there was no way of continuing.

1972

Mme Marguerite Fugeray Pessort sold La Forge Sainte Marie to the company Roitel in Liffol le Grand for a relaxing site destined for part of employers (house at your right by entering, where are a part of the gites) and employees (the buildings to the right, along the river). Putting employers and employees together for recreation, did never worked very well. The company allowed La Forge to fall to ruins.

 

1990

Mr Gérard and Mr De Moustier, Castels campsite owners, met with Mme Simone Martin, deputy for the european parlament. Together they decided to create a campsite. The architect, Pascal Gerard, also son of Mr Gerard, drew up the plans to create a holiday center. He conserved all the original buildings and created modern facilities, as well as an indoor heated swimming pool, reception, bar restaurant, shop and houses.

The stone above the entrance to the shop reads « 1792 ». The fireplace in the restaurant reads « Je me plais dans mon esclavage », which means “I am happy in my slavery”. Engraved as a sign of love to the master of the forge’s wife.

The toilet blocks have been specially designed to resemble the old style washing places in the area. The beams have been specially crafted and the design specially recreated in order to preserve the history of this area. You will find these old style washing areas in all the little villages in the nearby vicinity.

1995

La Forge de Sainte Marie opens its doors to the first clients.

1997

Sees the arrival of Angela Finch (English) and Jacco Lispet (Dutch).

Experienced in tourist industry since 1986, Angela Finch and Jacco Lispet dreamt for many years of such an opportunity. With only one reservation for the season of 1997 the couple had their work cut out.

2005

Jacco Lispet and Angela Finch buy the business La Forge de Sainte Marie.

2015

La Forge de Sainte Marie celebrate its 20th year 

 
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