Alexis de Tocqueville
A Tocqueville Tour

The estate at Baugy
Alexis appreciated the rural charm of the Baugy estate, the home of his brother Edouard and Alexandrine, his brother's wife. It was here that he wrote the second volume of Democracy in America.
Owned by the Kergorlay family, the chateau de Fosseuse, close to Baugy and Clairoix, often drew Alexis de Tocqueville for visits with his friend Louis de Kergorlay.
Tocqueville was born in Paris, and frequently changed addresses, in between his travels abroad and his stays in various places around France.
The chateau de Malesherbes
Owned by Chrétien-Guillaume-François de Lamoignon around 1726, this château served as a refuge during the dark days of the French Revolution. Imprisoned under the Terror, Hervé de Tocqueville and his wife refused to move back in after their release.
The chateau de Verneuil-sur-Seine
Louise-Madeleine Le Peletier de Rosanbo, the mother of Tocqueville and the granddaughter of the great Malesherbes, became the sole owner of the chateau in 1807 after she purchased the shares of the other heirs. Her family used it as as their summer residence, and her husband, Hervé de Tocqueville, became mayor of the town in 1804.
Les Trésorières at Saint-Cyr-lès-Tours
Between June 1853 and April 1854, Tocqueville spent ten months in Touraine, where the climate was more suitable for his fragile state of health than the Cotentin. During his stay at Les Trésorières, Tocqueville began working on The Old Regime and the Revolution.
Le Clos de l'Aronde at Clairoix
After withdrawing from public life and the death of his wife, Hervé de Tocqueville purchased Le Clos de l'Aronde in 1843. It is located in the Oise department, near the Baugy estate where his second son Edouard lived.
The chateau de Tocqueville
In the division of the family assets, Alexis inherited the ancestral chateau de Tocqueville. It was the place where he and his wife Marie were the closest, and he considered the chateau to be a part of himself.
The chateau de Tourlaville
The count Hervé de Tocqueville inherited the chateau in 1777, which then became the property of his son Edouard. Edouard's son Hubert inherited it in turn, followed by another son René. In 1935, the chateau became the property of the city of Cherbourg, which turned the park that surrounded it into a sumptuous public garden.
The chateau de Nacqueville
Émilie Erard de Belisle de Saint-Rémy, the future wife of Hippolyte de Tocqueville, inherited this chateau in 1822. Hippolyte transformed the estate, much to the admiration of his brother Alexis. Today, it is still one of the most remarkable gardens in the entire region.
The Villa Montfleury at Cannes
In order to treat a new attack of tuberculosis from which he had suffered since the early part of 1858, on November 4th, Alexis de Tocqueville moved with his wife into the Villa Montfleury, east of Cannes. His two brothers and his best friends took turns at his bedside until his death on April 16, 1859.