Welcome to Voillans, France
(On this page : Latest News - Presentation - History - The Heritage)
|Puffball - in French :Vesses-de-loup|
Happy New Year 2017
Spring in the village
Winter in the village
Undergrowth in winter
|Azuré des Nerpruns Voillans 16/05/15|
|Le Charme (in French)|
Spring is within easy reach
(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|
|Voillans December the 31rst 2014|
|Santa Claus Voillans|
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|
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
Flea Market July 28 th
neighboring village Bois-la-Ville
Fireworks July 13 th
neighboring village Vergranne
Voillans is a flowered village
|Flowered village - other views|
Flowered village 2
Time of haymaking
Dandelions in the meadow.
at local primary school in mai
The students learn English and sorting
Look here tomorrow !
Spring has truly arrived
|Forsythia and magnolia|
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
First snowfall (0ctober 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.
A lot of coulors
A lot of rain this year
The creek is in flood
Along the year ... 2012
|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".|
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.
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 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|
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
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)
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
|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|
|December 29th 2011 - Photo M.Sandrat|