Welcome to Château de Chavaniac-Lafayette. Today Lafayette’s spirit and heart are more than ever present in his former home; where voices will take you back through time and lights will guide you to the heart of the castle: the bedroom where the Marquis was born on September 6, 1757.
The walls tell the story of his life, his happy childhood in Chavaniac and his marriage to Adrienne de Noailles; demonstrated by the decor and characters that shared this great event.
During the visit you will discover Gilbert Motier de LaFayette (fresco) and will have the chance to read many different opinions about our hero (from admirers & critics). You will go through the corridor that leads to a room dedicated to the Haute-Loire and learn about his childhood. The visit continues with the treasure room, followed by the room where Lafayette was born, and a room dedicated to the subject of our hero’s marriage which strongly influenced the rest of his life. You will be permitted to penetrate into the secret world of Freemasonry to which Lafayette was loyal throughout his life. In the XVIII century gallery, the philosophers of his age express their views on the fight against slavery; a theme dear to Lafayette. Then, this is the salon of Mme de Lafayette. This salon, also called Chavaniac’s green study, was a room to receiving "society". At your feet you will observe a magnificent "Versailles" parquet floor dating back to the 18th Century, and on the wall we can count 14 wallpaper panels nevertheless created around 1790 in Paris by the "manufacture Reveillon".They bear witness to a decor that became very mutch the fashion at the end of the 18th century.
Finally, in a small XVIII century style theater, you will be shown a movie where his wife Adrienne tells the epic tale of the General in America and his struggle to liberate the people of the New World from the oppression of England.