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Rural Heritage

Rural Heritage
Field Loggias (Field cottages or cabins)
Before the mechanical age, farmers used them as shelters, either to have their midday meals by the fireplace, or as storage areas (for tools, hay, vine shoots, etc.). Many of them can still be seen along the trails.

Wine growers' homes
They had a small basement cellar, farming and wine-growing equipment on the ground level and an upstairs living area.

Rural Heritage
Square courtyard farms
They were the typical homes of the Lyonnais area (The Berthelot Home in Chaponost is a good example of this type of dwelling).
Field houses (16th to 19th buildings) =
They were initially designed as country homes for well-off city dwellers and built within enclosed estates (Called clos, the properties were enclosed within high stone or rammed-earth walls). Vestiges remain along the roads (the “Grange de l’Arc” and the “Colombe” in Chaponost, the castle of the “Gallée” in Millery, and the “Maison Forte” in Vourles, etc.)

The Vourles still (Bertrand Imeldange Street) : renovated, it's installed in a lovely stone house which was itself renovated in 2004. An unusual type of antique continuous screw wine press can also be admired there (open each year for distillation in November).
The Itinerant still of Chaponost : it is set up in the “Gagère” neighborhood for three weeks in November each year.

Numerous remains of an extremely interesting rural heritage can be discovered at the edge of trail or the corner of a street: bridges, ancient wells, mullioned windows, milestones, washhouses and more.