The monumental Sequoia, still called “the finger of God”, that was brought from America and watches over the gîte, has given its name to this perennial place of refuge.
In the 18th century, Pastor Durot, memorialized in a bust at the fountain located at the gate of the gîte, opened his parsonage for the education of all, youth and adults. This parsonage, the true center of the village, with its typically franc-comtois barn, recalls the agriculture past of Clairegoutte. The parsonage has always been a welcoming place.
When this remarkable historical building was no longer in use, an association was created pour saving these buildings and their welcoming spirit.
The plan that resulted was to open a gîte to continue the tradition of interaction and sharing while respecting each person.
Soon, a museum adjacent to the gîte will showcase the unique history of this corner of the Haute-Saône, which was part of the German Duchy of Wurtemburg, and the history of the Lutheranism* of this region.
* Lutheranism: the Lutheran (Martin Luther was the German reformer of the Christian church in the 16th century) of the Christian faith that shaped the people and traditions of this region.