At the end of the 17th century, at the time of Louis XIV’s conquest of the Franche-Comté, a horse merchant, François Faton, had built a seigniorial manor house alongside the village of Fourg and adjacent to a fortified château from the Middle Ages, between Besançon and Arc et Senans.

The manor house passed from the Faton family to the Fine family and then to the de Lacour family, all through successive marriages.  At the end of the 18th century, Claude Faton, the master of waters and forests, carved his initials in different passageways of the house.  In the 19th century Henri Fine, Director of Customs, covering an area of France from Le Havre to Perpignan, spent relaxation time there, just as Marcelle and Robert de Lacour did in the 20th century.

A single thread binds together all the occupants of the château:  they play and have played the music they love, with and for their friends, as if performing some dreamily preserved scores, on instruments left behind for us.