Located on the borders of Auvergne, in the small village of Chavaniac in the Haute-Loire, this fortified house from XIV century, altered and restored several times during its history, is the birthplace of the famous General Marquis de Lafayette.
This extraordinary historical figure is internationally known. The charm of his manor house and a real duty to preserve his memory led an American organization, Memorial Lafayette, followed by a team of enthusiasts, to revive the history of Lafayette and preserve his former estate. The castle, its outbuildings and the park are have been listed in Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments since 1989.
This historic and exceptional place has been under the management of the Department of the Haute-Loire since July 2009. The department plans to renovate it and recognize it as a remarkable site that has marked this region.
We offer a visit that will take you to the heart of the XVIII century. You will discover the castle where the General was born as well as its park which is one of the rare gardens in the Haute-Loire open to the public. Several areas, with exceptional botanical diversity, are juxtaposed in the way that had been imagined by John Moffat, president and founder of the French Heroes Lafayette Memorial Fund in 1920.
Government of the Haute-Loire