Val-du-Mignon: several communes with a rich heritage
Come and discover the incredible heritage of Usseau, Antigny and Olbreuse!
Usseau is a crossroads between the Aunis plain, the Marais Poitevin and the sea, and derives from Ussena, meaning a hillock planted with vines. Part of the canton of Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon, the commune comprises 5 hamlets known locally as "les écarts": Antigny, Le Grand Breuil, Olbreuse, Le Plénisseau and Ussolière. Remains of several ancient sites have been uncovered during trenching, gardening and ploughing. A former Huguenot centre, Usseau is the birthplace of Eléonore Desmier, who was born in Olbreuse in 1639. Through intermarriage, her descendants can be found in seventeen European dynasties, hence her nickname of the grandmother of Europe. In 2019, Usseau will join forces with Priaires and Thorigny-sur-le-Mignon to form the new commune of Val-du-Mignon and become its administrative centre.
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