The steam engine
The Steam engine of the former distillery of Geneviève des Bois ( 45 )
History of the distillery
In 1339, mister André Hemard decides to build a distillery of Ste Geneviève des Bois. His purpose, to produce some alcohol "good taste" entering the manufacturing of the aniseed drinks. In 1941, mister Hemard dies, the factory is still only on plans. To continue the work of his father, Jean Hemard realizes the construction of the 250 HP, only steam engine reliable and economic driving strength of time, capable of running all the factory.
In 1953, the limited company of the distilleries of Gâtinais, which exists since at least 1946, is transformed into agricole coopérative of the distilleries of Gâtinais. The planters of beets are the only members, they avoid by their contribution the closure of the factory and allow him to work until 1988. In 1980, there is an overproduction of alcohol in France. The state no garentit not any more the prices ; the profitability is not any more insured. The last beets campaign in place in 1988, in the continuation comes the closure of the factory, May 31st 1989.
Mister Joseph Chambon, chairman of the Board of the coopérative of the distilleries of Gâtinais donated the steam engine in the municipality of Ste Geneviève. So, in 1990 the factory is demolished and the saved steam engine ! It is inaugurated on June 21st in the hall in the nautical stopping place.
Visit on request, information in the Tourist Office.