In 1199, Thierry, Lord of Mellier, gave the abbey of Saint-Hubert an annuity of two hogsheads of grain. This annuity was to be taken "in molendo meo quod est ante Novum Castellum" (on my mill which is at the entry of Neufchâteau). It was in this 800-year-old text that Neufchâteau was quoted for the first time.
Even though 1199 has become the reference date, the region was not inexistent before this date. From the 5th up to the 1st century BC, the region of Neufchâteau was witness to the rise of the Celtic civilisation. During the Frankish period, the Merovingians and Carolingians lords used the neighbouring estates of Longlier and Mellier as residences as well as a hunting ground. It was nevertheless in this writ by the Lord of Mellier that the name Neufchâteau appeared for the first time.
"Down the castle, that was built on a rocky headland overhanging the valley, spreads a town of some hundred of inhabitants, as it can be seen on the Aremberg map (1609)" tells Louis Lejeune from the circle "Terre de Neufchâteau". "It is a small town with its city walls and its three doors, its small narrow streets, its shops and pubs, its covered market, its chapel…. Outside the walls, there is the countryside with its fields and cultures, its forests and its small enterprises: mills, saw mills, tanneries, ironworks (17th century), slate-quarries (18th century). In Neufchâteau meet farmers from the neighbouring as well as from the remote villages. And this is a permanent feature. For centuries, the town has been the centre of important fairs."
de la carte d'Arenberg"
Carte d'Arenberg de la Terre et Prévoté de Neufchateau
en 1609( avec le Ban de Mellier et la Seigneurie de Bertrix) 50,00€
Musée des Celtes
communale 1, 6800 Libramont
en fax 061 22 49 76
Museum of rural life at Offaing (way to Arlon).
Exhibition of ploughing and haymaking implements. Demonstration of threshing machines working with an ancient engine. Reconstruction of an operating forgery and a kitchen from the beginning of the 20th century. Inn with an outside terrace and restaurant proposing regional food.
Open all year after 10 oâ€™clock.
Faing 3, 6840 Neufchateau-Hamipré
061 27 84 39
061 22 22 36
Ferme des Sanglochons
Verlaine-Neufchâteau. This farm has been restored into a living museum. The landlords have meticulously recreated an ancient production of Ardennes ham and sausage such as they were prepared during the last century. Meat comes from a breed of pig similar to that we used to find in our regions, i.e. "le sanglochon", a crossbreeding between a boar and a pig.
The visit is free and will take the visitors through all the steps of ham and sausage production, from salting up to drying, without forgetting the 12 meters high smoking room.
Bar food and home produced hams are available in an antique decor.
de Namur 42, 6840 Neufchateau
061 22 22 33
Domaine de la Morépire
du Babinay 1, 6880 Bertrix
061 41 45 21
061 41 45 54