A glassworks in southern Vosges Mountains which has been active for 5 centuries
In the west of the southern Vosges mountains, not far from the Canal des Vosges which the V50 cycle route runs alongside linking Luxembourg and Lyon, La Rochère glassworks at Passavant was founded in 1475 by Simon de Thysac, a gentleman glass-maker, encouraged by the Dukes of Lorraine. It has been perpetuating the tradition and skills of Master-Glassmakers for more than 5 centuries.
Installed in a sector rich in materials necessary for glass production like sand, wood and bracken, the business developed greatly during the 18th century and even more so after it was acquired in 1859 by François-Xavier Fouillot.
Passavant-la-Rochère Glassworks – the oldest working glassworks in France
A family business still run by descendants of the founders today, La Rochère is the oldest working glassworks in France. It is the only glassworks in Franche-Comté producing glass on an industrial scale and employs around 250 people, compared to 50 in 1835 and 185 at the end of the 19th century.