The hamlet of Vercland
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The hamlet of Vercland

Description

Located on the opposite side of the valley from Samoens, the village of Vercland is the historical home of the region's stonemasons and is also the site of the first ski lift.
It has had a turbulent history.

In 1882, a group of its inhabitants decided to create a " Syndicate for Separation". This syndicate demanded an independent Vercland and planned to break free from Samoëns, preferring to form closer ties with Morillon and trade with the lower valley. At the time, Vercland was home to 561 souls, only 161 of whom could vote. The signatories of the demand highlighted the geographical position of the village and the fact that there was only one bridge over the Giffre: a problem when it came to burying their dead and transporting their materials. The protestors claimed that the difficulties in getting around, the distance from the seat of local government and the inadequate work which had been done to dam the Giffre were all detrimental to the local economy. "We hope that we have demonstrated that this separation is necessary if we are to stem the depopulation that is depriving agriculture of intelligent men and strong arms", states the case for the independence of Vercland and its elevation to the status of a village in its own right. However, the local council of Samoens threw out every one of the demands. If the hamlet of Vercland became independent it said, "the inhabitants would have to build their own town hall, presbytery and gardens, a vast sacristy, a graveyard etc", not to mention the appointment of a school teacher, a council secretary, a policeman and a forester.
Since then, many changes have taken place and the arrival of winter sports has altered not only the countryside but also the ways of thinking. Today, who would dream of demanding independence for this small village that looks out over the town of Samoens, the Criou and the vast Vallon plain? Vercland has remained part of Samoëns for more than a century now and only the hamlet of Le Béné on the Saix road has proclaimed itself to be a "free commune". The initiative was taken a few years ago by an eccentric Swiss who unofficially appointed himself as the mayor of Béné and promptly twinned the hamlet with the village of Chantemerle, home to one of his compatriots...
Little more than an excuse for some fine food and merry-making!

DATES

All year round, daily.

CONTACT

74340 Samoëns

Latitude : 46.072129

Longitude : 6.704922

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