VAN STOCKUM: A vicarious visit to France, Part 2; Family manors

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By Ron Van Stockum

Reggie and Cheryl Van Stockum attended the wedding of our French cousin Gwénaelle de Benaze and Andrew Hosk on Sept. 15, 2018. It was held at Couffé, site of beautiful Contrie, the ancestral home of the Charette family, 25 miles northeast of Nantes.
They then drove to La Basse Motte, which had been the chateau of Reggie’s great grandfather, General Baron Athanasius de Charette.
However, before describing their visit to La Basse Motte, I consider it appropriate to  provide a summary of  its history.
A fabulous tour

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