Buffon - France

The village of Buffon lies on the Canal de Bourgogne just north of Montbard. This is home to the Grande Forge de Buffon, where iron works were carried out. Founded in 1768 by 18th century naturalist Georges-Louis de Buffon, you can see various examples of early Industrial Revolution engineering on the banks of the tiny yet powerful Armancon River, whose power was harnessed to run the forge.