As a hub of settlement since pre and protohistoric times, the area boasts a very rich history.From Celtics tombs to monuments erected by soldiers of the First World War, from megalithic structures to the mighty castle in Pierrefonds and the traditional local architecture, stone has always been available and harnassed in all its forms.
The Suessiones, Romans, Merovingians, Carolingians, Normans, Templars, English, Burgundians, Huguenots and members of the Catholic League alike walked and crossed swords on this territory, located along the French regions Pays de Valois, Pays Soissonais, Pays Noyonnais and Pays Compiegnois.
Closely linked to the water that covered it over 50 million years ago, this territory has been shaped and sculpted into several little valleys home to babbling brooks surrounded by plateaus. The historical presence of water left significant geological footprints and several fossils, with one of our townships even serving as a global stratotype model. Water likewise made its mark on our contemporary local history, with one of our cities boasting a thermal spa.