Maison de Cogne Gérard-Dayné is a rural house mentioned in documents that date back to the 17th century with all the characteristics of traditional Cogne Valley “stone and wood” architecture. It is located in Sonveulla, one of the historical areas of Cogne, where the first settlers arrived centuries ago.
A tour of the house shows the characteristic parts of Cogne houses: the “cor”, an interior roofed area that was used as the entrance; the “beu”, where animals and people coexisted in their daily lives; the “mézòn de fouà”, in the part of the house made of stone, where milk and other food products were processed, the cellars, where food was stored during the long winter months; and the big barn, with its imposing structure made with wooden beams.
In the vegetable garden outside Maison de Cogne Gérard-Dayné, vegetables which for centuries have been mountain people’s means of support are grown. Numerous educational activities are organized to give instruction on the cultivation of mountain vegetable gardens.