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The village of Auberive was born around its Cistercian abbey founded in 1135 on the banks of the Aube (24th daughter of Clairvaux) and was originally only a group of lay brothers. The whole then formed an enclave particularly relevant to France in this border region between Champagne and Burgundy. Formerly known under the name "D'enclos d'Auberive" and limited by high walls that can still be seen around the abbey; it consisted of an old farmhouse (La Theurelle) which will then extend to the rue des Fermiers, a few houses for craftsmen and the wood guards of the abbey (the street of the school of the boys) , to an audience and finally to an abbey palace from the Rennaissance (the Abbey).

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All this population at the very service of the abbey (lay brothers, craftsmen, service personnel, employees, etc.) then depended directly on the seigneury and on the full justice of the Abbot of Auberive. Including 121 inhabitants in 1742, this population will not really be freed until the Revolution of 1789. But as it was not yet constituted as an administrative community (only as a parish), it should have been dispersed and the current village never existed. , if the sale of National Property in 1790 had not encouraged the arrival of a large number of foreigners who came to settle in Auberive, thus supplementing a few farmers who were able to buy back their homes (633 inhabitants in 1804).


This phenomenon, linked to new constructions, grew to such an extent that Auberive was very early elevated to the rank of commune (1790), yet only taking on real importance when it was erected as the capital of the canton to the detriment of Giey. -on-Aujon (1800), with the installation of a justice of the peace, a gendarmerie, a financial collector, a school, and six annual fairs in summer.

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Despite its 7,064 hectares, which makes it the third Haut-Marnaise commune by area (after Pancey and Châteauvillain), the commune of Auberive, which is 70% covered by forests, has not had any forestry income since the beginning; the Revolution of 1789 transformed all the woods of the abbey (4,982 hectares) into a large national massif, currently managed by the National Forestry Office (ONF).

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Despite this, the village will expand rapidly in the course of the nineteenth century around industries related to wood and iron processing (forges and furnaces): creation of new housing, construction and expansion of a parish church, establishment in several stages of the schools, the presbytery, the town hall and the gendarmerie, to finally arrive at the current situation of the village.

Personalities linked to Auberive

Abel François Nicolas Caroillon
de Vandeul

First finance clerk (1785) and director of the King's Domains. He married Marie-Angélique Diderot, daughter of Denis Diderot, acquired the abbey to develop it into a cotton mill and then into a country residence. He is at the origin of the installation of the Louis XV grille.

André Theuriet

Novelist, poet and academician, was a tax collector at Auberive from 1856 to 1859. He speaks of the town in several of his novels as in "memories of green seasons".

Marie-Anne Martinet

The wife and accomplice of Martin Dumollard, a 19th century serial killer. In February 1862,

she is sentenced to 20 years of forced labor. She served her sentence in Auberive women's prison and died there in 1875.

Louise Michel

the “red virgin” of the Paris Commune, was imprisoned at Auberive Abbey, then a women's prison, before her deportation to New Caledonia. She is a revolutionary and anarchist figure.

The National Park of the forests of Champagne and Bourogne

Auberive is a gateway to the national park arriving from the east from the A31.

Discover the vast forests of the park, a unique space in France, dedicated to the preservation and discovery of natural and cultural heritage.

Admire the spectacle that nature offers you: the fauna (forest cat, deer, black stork, grand duke, Agrion de Mercury) and flora (Hoof of Venus, great gentian) await you.

Do not miss the cultural heritage of Haute-Marne and Côte-d'Or such as the archaeological museum of Faverolles or the medieval village of Salives.

And finally, taste the local specialties such as Langres cheese, Epoisses, truffles, wines and honey that will delight your taste buds!

The National Park of the forests, realization by Benjamin Pawlica.

We thank Daniel Royer for his private collection of photographs.

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