Washhouses and watering places in Laforêt
Witnesses to domestic life in the past, the washhouses and drinking troughs illustrate the functions linked to water in rural life in the past.
Built at one end of the village, these small listed buildings illustrate the three functions linked to water in rural life in the past: the covered washhouse, built of schistose sandstone at the beginning of the 20th century, allowed the village women to wash their clothes sheltered from the weather.
Inside, the tub has wide sloping edges for beating the laundry. Next to it, the cattle and herds quenched their thirst in a circular blue stone trough. Finally, a small fountain for the community is located under a 19th century building.
Another listed ensemble, consisting of a circular drinking trough and a washtub from the same period, adorns the top of the village.
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FONTAINES, LAVOIRS & ABREUVOIRS
Rue du pont de claies – 5550 Laforêt
MAISON DU TOURISME DU PAYS DE BOUILLON EN ARDENNE
Quai des Saulx, 12 – 6830 Bouillon
+32(0)61/46 52 11
CENTRE TOURISTIQUE ET CULTUREL DE VRESSE-SUR SEMOIS
Rue Albert Raty, 83 – 5550 Vresse-sur-Semois
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The association Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie (The Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia) oversees a network of 32 villages, bearers of a strong territorial identity and reflecting traditional architecture. It is committed to promoting the rural, cultural and natural heritage of Wallonia and is a part of the development of local and responsible tourism.More information