Fléchier House or the museum of Comtat traditions
The birth house of Esprit Fléchier, a famous orator at the court of Louis XIV, this 17th century mansion house is an important part of the town’s architectural heritage.
The entrance hall displays a presentation of the Carpentras Canal, built by local engineer Louis Giraud, which helped to transform the Comtat plain into the “Garden of France” in the 19th century.
The 1st floor presents a 19th century dining room laid for the Christmas Eve “Gros souper”. It evokes the typical Christmas traditions of the Comtat: Sainte Barbe, the cacho fio, the table laid with three tablecloths and three candlesticks and the traditional dishes of the main meal including the thirteen desserts.
An adjoining room shows the traditions surrounding the arrival of a new baby with a surprising array of gifts presented to the young mother in the three days following the birth. Other areas on this floor pay tribute to Esprit Fléchier with examples of some of his works.
On the 2nd floor, there is a reconstruction of the workshop of the last santon maker in the village, Ludovic Montagard, with his tools, his moulds and, of course, his santons.
Finally, visitors can discover how silkworms were bred, an activity which provided a considerable source of income for Comtat families.