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The chateau de Tocqueville

It was only after long and costly renovation and restoration work, directed by the masterly hand of Marie, that the couple managed to turn "the old family hovel" into something habitable and worthy of welcoming their closest friends each summer. Jean-Jacques Ampère, Francisque de Corcelle and Gustave de Beaumont were regular visitors to the chateau de Tocqueville, where they spent long evenings in the library, accompanied by the master of the house, in discovering the many treasures that Alexis's predecessors had accumulated.

« My beloved Tocqueville! In my imagination it figures solely as a place of peaceful asylum and happiness. It is the port for every storm. I have never been as happy for as long anywhere else. »
(Letter to Marie Mottley, 1837)

Tocqueville loved to spend his days outdoors, whether visiting local farmers or planning, with Marie the many arrangements that would be required to improve the chateau's park, once the work on the main house was completed. It is striking that Tocqueville set aside a large share of his will, apart from other desires concerning the future of his various literary works, to authorize Marie to continue to implement any changes that she deemed necessary in the arrangements of the gardens of the chateau de Tocqueville...  play sound extractlire l'extrait sonore  
What more proof is required of his attachment to the place, which was a focus of his faithfulness to the land of his ancestors, and which he was the first to consider to be a part of himself?

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Chateau de Tocqueville

Chateau de Tocqueville
© Anne Bonnet

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Account book of the chateau de Tocqueville

Account book
© AD Manche/A. Poirier

Notes on agriculture and horticulture in this country by Alexis de Tocqueville

"Notes on agriculture and horticulture in this country" by Alexis de Tocqueville
© AD Manche/A. Poirier

Notes by Alexis de Tocqueville about several inhabitants of the town of Tocqueville

"Notes by Alexis de Tocqueville about several inhabitants of the town of Tocqueville"
© AD Manche/A. Poirier

Posthumous inventory of the libraries at the chateau de Tocqueville

Posthumous inventory
© AD Manche/A. Poirier

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