Located between Toulouse-le-Château and Sellières, the “Forges de Baudin” (a name coming from the French dialect “boueux” that is to say “muddy” used to describe the locality) were back in the middle of the 19th century the third industrial site of the Jura region. At the beginning, the “Forges” is a mere national property consisting of an old windmill from the Middle Ages that is bought by Mr Etienne Jobez (1745-1830) and Mr Claude Joseph Morel (1744-1797). The main activity of the foundry (this term is better suited to designate the site as there is no forged iron) is the manufacturing of fireplace firebacks and of melting ingots.
In 1849, when Edmond Monnier (1812-1885) takes possession of the “Forges” he cannot conceive this small village deprived of a church. He builds a presbytery that will integrate a choral. In 1954, he draws the plans of a neo classic style chapel that is now classified as historical monument. Nuns will teach at the new created school (until 1914), providing also care. The School will close in 1933.
Baudin is not a mere factory anymore, it becomes a real village with a cooperative, a canteen, a sewing workroom, but also a shooting range, a choral, a fire brigade, a cemetery and even a common and unique currency. A farmhouse was also created in 1815 to shelter the horse stable, a barn and a hangar. During the summer, due to the lack of water and the consequent decrease of the factory’s activities, the workers undertake agricultural labour on the owner’s land.
At the end of the second world war, the site is not sufficiently modernised and the attempts to diversify are a failure. As a consequence, the factory declines. Laurent Monnier will be the last owner of the “Forges” that will close it in 1959. The main part of the buildings is still visible today, except the factory that was destroyed in 1974.
Reopening on April 2, 2018
THE FORGES DE BAUDIN HISTORICAL SITE
Dole (39100) TGV Station
Poligny (39800) TER Station
« Jurago » Stop at Sellières
4 min away from A39 highway exit n°7
5 min from N83 driving towards Sellières.
Park access: 2 euros, free for children under 10
Park + indoor access: 10 euros full price, 8 euros reduced price, free for children under 10
Tour included (every hour)
Téléthon special event
December 8th and 9th
Every Sunday during all summer
11am - 07pm
HIP HOP contest
September the 30th