Chitré Water Mill
The site's history dates back to a million year ago and the mill has welcomed, between its walls, many renowned characters : the Chitré Knights, Captain Guesclin, Francis the 1st, the Treuille family creators of Châtellerault's factoris, Antoine de Saint Exupéry...Since its opening to the public, this water mill has shown the history not just of of the mouliere stone once extracted from the Pinail Nature Reserve, but also it informs the public about renewable energy sources. This is a museum-like display dedicated to helping you learn all about the functions of the mill, its intricate machinery, and the surrounding population. The panoramic view point offers a spectacular view overlooking the banks of the river Vienne, with its 15 th century dam, and current barrier. There is also a restaurant, exhibition hall and a shop. Ecologia offers numerous activities and traditions around this stream and in a natural environment. The site offers a history of the grinding stone extraction with the Nature Reserve at Pinail.