This mediaeval town on the banks of the Loing is a charming little provincial town. This site bears witness to a long past from prehistoric times to the present day, including its rich medieval period... Today Nemours still has all the charm of an old town with its picturesque lanes and château on the banks of the Loing.
A little history:
There are signs of human occupation dating back to the Palaeolithic era as evidenced by the discovery of remains from that time.
In medieval times, the first Lord of Nemours was Orson in 1120. His son-in-law, Gauthier de Villebéon (Gauthier I), gave permission for the château and Saint Jean-Baptiste church to be built. The town was burned down in 1358 during the Hundred Years War. As capital of the Gâtinais region, the town prospered throughout the ensuing centuries. On 7th July 1585, the Treaty of Nemours was ratified in the château, forbidding Protestant worship services and excluding Henri de Navarre from the line to the throne (the future Henri IV).
In 1789, Pierre Samuel Dupont was member of parliament for Nemours. 10 years later, he left France for the United States where his son, Eleuthère Irénée, created the multinational firm Du Pont de Nemours.
In 1800, the town lost its préfecture which was moved to Fontainebleau.
Still a rural town at the end of the Second World War, little by little it gained more economic importance in the region with its population growing at the same time.