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Towns and Villages of the Vendee
in the north east corner of the department, Les Herbiers is well
located for discovering the Haut Bocage of the Vendee, other
attractions include le Mont des Alouettes, the Abbaye de la
Grainetiere, The Chateau des Herbiers, le Donjon d'Ardelay and the Puy
du Fou. Les Herbiers is the second largest commune in the Vendee and
has a population of 15,500, it is 6okms from Nantes and is on junction
29 of the A87 autoroute.
origin of the name Les Herbiers is from Herbadilla (ville de
l'herbe) due to its closeness to the zone of herbs and the marshland
At the time when Jules César invades Gaulle, a named Roman legion “the
Lark” is established on the hill which dominates the Herbaria and
which, since, bears the name of Mount of the Larks (mont des Alouettes).
During the Middle Ages, the religious, intellectual and agricultural
activity of the abbey of Grainetière transformed all the area, but it
was not saved during the 'Hundred years war'. The English invaded it
but were later driven out by Guesclin.
The end of the X1Xe century saw the opening of a shoe factory by Lois
Rondeau and then in 1964 the small communities of Herbaria and Ardelay
were joined to form the modern day town of Les herbiers, since which it
has profited from exceptional development in trade, industry and
Alouettes. Top of its 231m, the Mount of the Larks offers on the area
of the Herbaria an imposing panoramic sight, which opens the horizon on
the whole of the Vendean scrap-metal.
Swept by the winds of the history, this small hill does not remain less
discrete about it on its origins. From which does this name come from
the Larks? : base camp of a Roman legion? … usual overflight of a
colony of birds? … deformation patoisante of the word gorses? … No one
could not say it with precision.
Only visible remainders of a completed activity, which one finds trace
in the texts since 1564, three windmills always remain, on 8 what
Only one still functions thus keeping memory of a tradition old miller
of several sièclesLien (possible visit from April at September).
These mills played the optical part of telegraph during the French
revolution, thus transmitting hill in hill of the information on the
movements of the enemy.
To commemorate the memory of the Wars of the Vendée, an elegant
neo-gothic vault was set up in 1825, according to the wish of the
duchess of Angouleme, girl of Louis XVI.
Each summer, it is the theatre of many and varied animations.