Val-du-Mignon : plusieurs communes au patrimoine riche

Come and discover the incredible heritage of Usseau, Antigny and Olbreuse!

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Cultural, Historical


A place of passage between the Aunis plain, the Marais Poitevin and the sea, Usseau derives from Ussena meaning a hillock planted with vines. Attached to the canton of Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon, the commune is made up of 5 hamlets locally nicknamed the Gaps: Antigny, Le Grand Breuil, Olbreuse, Le Plénisseau and Ussolière. Remains of several ancient sites have been revealed during trenching, gardening or plowing. A former Huguenot center, Usseau is the birthplace of Eléonore Desmier born in 1639 in Olbreuse. Through marriages, her descendants are present in seventeen European dynasties, hence her nickname of grandmother of Europe. In 2019, Usseau united with Priaires and Thorigny-sur-le-Mignon to form the new commune of Val-du-Mignon and became its capital.

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DifficultyEasyDuration02hDistance5,3 km
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