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 Welcome to Voillans, France
(On this page : Latest News - Presentation - History - The Heritage)




Happy New Year 2017

January 1st

Spring in the village

Winter in the village

Undergrowth in winter





Vanesse 3/09/15


Azuré des Nerpruns Voillans 16/05/15

Le Charme (in French)

Spring is within easy reach
March 2015  
Daffodils
(French : Jonquilles)



March 2015 Voillans
a small, spring-flowering plant of the iris family, 
which grows from a corm and bears bright yellow, purple, or white flowers.

March 2015 Voillans

Frostwork 
January 2015





Voillans December the 31rst 2014

Santa Claus Voillans






New :



currently fall and winter





Twilight September the 16th - 2013

Toxic plant in our gardens (September 2013)

A painter in the village
Free representation - Art Street


Latest News

 August
A very nice wedding August 10th
Estelle and Sébastien

Sunday at the farm
Many activities on the farm
August sunday the 4th
Visit an organic farm


July

Flea Market July 28 th
neighboring village Bois-la-Ville


Fireworks July 13 th
neighboring village Vergranne



June

Voillans is a flowered village

Flowered village - other views
Flowered village 2


Time of haymaking

windrows
(The word is derived from the 15th century French word païsant meaning one from the pays, or countryside, ultimately from the Latin pagus, or outlying administrative district)


Mai
Dandelions in the meadow.


at local primary school in mai

The students learn English and sorting
Look here tomorrow !

April
Spring has truly arrived

Forsythia and magnolia

Magnolia

Forsythia




March
 The Weather is very depressing

The “Bise” is a winter (strong) wind in our area.

(Like in Swizerland.)









February : A lot of snow







HAPPY NEW YEAR


MERRY CHRISTMAS





Winter ?

First snowfall (0ctober 28th) 


Octobre 28th




But today (december 24 th) 10 ° 

We say : "Noël au balcon - Pâques au tison"
"a warm Christmas means a cold Easter"




Voillans is a simple, discreet little village, nestling on a hillside in the Jura Mountains.  


The village extends in the curved landscape between the river valleys of Doubs and Ognon, in a hollow at the southern edge of the high plateau Les Mondreveaux.

The village is located in Franche-Comte. East of France close to Switzerland.





Most of the area is covered by a gently rolling high plateau landscape ... which is on average  420 above sea level.

... fields,  some larger forest areas. 










Autumn 2012


A lot of coulors




Deadly mushrooms

Charcoal


A lot of rain this year
The creek is in flood


Flooding in the meadow


Along the year ... 2012

March
the bell tower which houses the oldest bell in the region
- Photo 2012 March the 1st -
The old bell 1484
You can hear it
Spring ?  Let's be patient !

 2012 March the19th



A family walk. 2012 June the16th

2012 June the 16th. ... "the area is covered by a gently rolling high plateau landscape".


from the sky 2012 July the 13 th


Family meal in the evening. 2012 June the 16th
Summer - Haymaking
Crocuses - September 8th 2012




History



Human beings have been present here for a long time.

In the neighboring village, Vergranne,  a human tooth  dating from the Quaternary period - 400,000 years ago - has been found.

 In a another nearby village, Santoche, 
there is a 5,000 yearold dolmen.





In Roman times, Voillans was traversed by the Rhine Road another Hadrian's Way. The village was probably a Roman outpost or mansio.






Rhine Road in winter

This area is also known as called "La Levée of Julius Cesar", or Julius Caesar's Rising Ground.


Rhine Road in summer



The village's current name first appears in the twelfth century as Vaylans (1173)
In the Middle Ages, the village was part of the Holy Empire, not France, when Frederick I was Emperor.

Frederick Barbarossa

In the seventeeth century during the Ten Years War (1635-1644), the village was largely destroyed by the soldiers of Bernard de Saxe-Weimar.
The plague added to these misfortunes it declined from 295 inhabitants in 1614 to 55  in 1657.

In 1658 the village'name became Voulans
In 1678 Voulans becomes "French" when the Franche Comté was conquered by Louis XIV.

Louis the Fourteenth


The revolutionary period.



The local nobility were robbed of their property.

The old castle 

The priests were harshly persecuted.
But the rest of the population did not suffer severely.


At that time there were 452 inhabitants in Voillans : 
we produced oats, wheat, rye, and reared cattle, sheep and horses.




Second Empire Earth 

Voillans produced iron ore and operated two quarries there. 



Requisitions made during the War of 1870 ruined the inhabitants. 
The village lost population from 1850, in 1975 there were only 96 inhabitants.

The village in 1906

Twentieth century

In the first World War the population of 260 lost ten young soldiers.



In the second World War only one young soldier was killed. 
The village was liberated by US troops on the night of September 8/9, 1944, without loss.





Since then the village has seen a spectacular revival.








Old houses have been restored and almost all the newly built houses fit in well.





Old and new ones






  "The Heritage"


First Part

Voillans kept many houses of the XVIII century.

This house is typical of average farm buildings built around 1720.
The barn is located between the stable (left) and the house (right)
Here's another house restored to its original condition. This is probably one of the oldest houses in the village. The building is long and includes accommodation and a part below the farm.The house retains its small window openings. The entrance is sheltered by a wooden canopy and the door lintel is adorned with braces.


Three bridges cross the creek.




The creek called «La Doye»has its source in the village, and disappears into a hole 27 meters downstream.


Formerly two mills stood on streams with paddle wheel



A fine fountain in the center serves as a holiday meeting place.

Restoration in 2012.

Flea in 2010

The church dates from the eighteenth century also. It replaces the previous one of which nothing remains from the early sixteenth century.

The church in 1908

Today
The bell tower has changed in the XX° century
The Church in 3 D




to be continued





December 29th 2011 - Photo M.Sandrat