The Carra mill

Historic site and monument ,  Mill at Ville-la-Grand

Moulin de CarraMairie de Ville-la-Grand
Moulin de CarraMairie de Ville-la-Grand
Moulin de CarraMairie de Ville-la-Grand
Moulin de CarraMairie de Ville-la-Grand
Moulin de CarraMairie de Ville-la-Grand
Moulin de CarraMairie de Ville-la-Grand
Moulin de CarraMairie de Ville-la-Grand
Moulin de CarraMairie de Ville-la-Grand
  • The Moulin de Carra mill is a cultural and natural heritage site in Ville-la-Grand. It’s restoration has made it a lively place for meetings, education and raising awareness of sustainable development.

    It is difficult to date precisely the origins of the old mill, which is located below Carra, in Ville-la-Grand. It was recorded in 1637 and, in the nineteenth century, counted as one of the 13 Foron mills and among the 200 hydraulic establishments in the Geneva basin. At that time nearly 100,000 water mills provided plenty of energy that was both abundant and indefinitely renewable, along the rivers in France. Mills played an important role economically and socially. They produced basic products mechanically: ground the flour for bread, extracted oil, pressed cloth, beat iron, ground gunpowder, and chopped pulp for paper making.
    The Moulin de Carra was equipped with 3, then 2, wheels, powered by a channel fed by the Foron. It was originally used to grind cereals. The building consisted of two square-shaped areas that connected a lower element. It was converted into an oil mill at the turn of the 20th century before closing in 1940. The last occupants of the mill were the Bouclier family (2 brothers and 1 sister).
    Booking is necessary for groups and school parties.
  • Environment
    • Mountain view
    • Outskirts of town
  • Spoken languages
    • English
Services
  • Accessibility
  • Activities
    • Yoga
    • Hiking
    • Orienteering
  • Equipment
    • Meeting room
  • Services
    • Animals accepted
      • Animaux acceptés en laisse, sous la responsabilité du propriétaire.
    • Educational visits
    • Room hire
    • Free visit
    • Seminar
  • Rates
  • Free
Openings
  • From March 1, 2019
    until December 1, 2019
  • Tuesday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • (Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday)
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