The Château de Montvason has a rich past. Its construction commenced in the late 1850's and it was completed by the Pioerron de Mondesir family in 1878.
Originally the farm and stables next door were part of the estate, but it was separated when the Chateau was sold in the 1949. The archways between both properties are still visible. The family were still using carriages until the 1930's, our carriage circle, still exists, as does the separate carriage entrance.
World War Two
During World War 2, the German 709 infantry division occupied the Château. Montvason village and the Château were liberated on 20 June 1944.
The Allied Forces dropped a couple of bombs in the back garden- (one crater still exists) and the soldiers left without a fight, (although we think we can see bullet holes on the side of the building).
The Château was used for training and not interrogation, so no one was harmed within the walls, we are glad to note. A 90-year old neighbour remembered that the soldiers were very respectful of the villagers and that surprisingly there were no deaths in Montvason village during their occupation.
The end of our drive marks the American 4th DIvision line from Golleville to Urville, whilst the battle for our nearby town of Valognes, was taking place. Our neighbour recalls the heavy tanks and armour coming down from the neighbouring village of Hameau Mouchel on the day it was liberated.
The American 4th Division took up residence until 1946, until the two Mondesir sisters, Jeanne and Berthe returned to their home from Paris. The names of both the German and American soldiers who were billeted at the Château are still visible today on the second floor doors. An incredible testatement to the historical past of the Château.
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