Couze-et-Saint-Front is a village known for its numerous paper mills and its rag paper manufacturing for more than 500 years.
A little history...
As early as the 15th century, Gutenberg revolutionized the world of printing, leading to a growing demand for paper production. This is where Couze-et-St-front's revolution began.
Thirteen mills were built along the Couze River to produce rag paper.
Today, three mills perpetuate the paper tradition: the Moulin de Larroque (art paper), the Moulin de la Rouzique (eco-museum - visits - workshops) and the Moulin des Barreaux (manufacture of filter paper for industry).
While walking along the river Couze, in the old paper-making village, which keeps the memory of six centuries of families of workers and paper masters, you will be able to discover the secret of rag paper manufacturing.
You will find the old mills, the drying racks, the brick chimneys... which evoke the industrial activity of this village as well as the semi-troglodytic houses leaning against the cliff...
The paper mill of Rouzique
This mill has probably existed since 1530
Today it has become the Econo-museum of paper and is still in operation. In the company of the paper-maker and the animators of the association "Au Fil du Temps", you will plunge into the world of handmade paper and you will be able to visit the various buildings of the site and discover how pieces of fabric are transformed into sheets of paper.
A game booklet is available at the Paper Mill of La Rouzique or at the Tourist Information Point of Lalinde.
A visit to the Château de Lanquais, sometimes called the Louvre of Périgord, is about 3 km from the village.
15, Place Armand Delcen
Tel : 05 53 61 03 07
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