La Meynardie is a castle of the late 16th century, early 17th, Louis XIII style, built under Henry IV or Louis XIII. ” Its lordly appearance comes from an unbroken row of battlements, stone pediment dormers, tall slate roof and two pavilions on the roof, according to the description by Baron Verneilh in 1873. The estate also included the forge of Meynardie, on the Valouze, which in the nineteenth century produced more than 500 quintals of iron. It belonged to the Croizant family, Arlot de Frugie, then was passed on through successive marriages to the families of Curmond de la Meynardie, to Ribeyreix lord of La Meynardie, then to the Count of Villoutreys, most of whom were buried in the castle chapel.
At the Revolution, the latter emigrated and the castle was put up for auction as national property, bought by the family of Maitre de Forge Texier, then de la Salle, and finally in 1883, in poor condition, by Mr. Sohier for his wife (niece of Maréchal Bazaine) who did very important interior and exterior work. He created the French park and set up magnificent stables for his hunt, always visible.
La Meynardie was finally bought in 1941 by the family of the current owners, who made it the theater of the “mission Alsos” during WW2. This American mission under the command of Colonel Boris Pash established its base at La Meynardie, becoming the operational center for the South of the Loire. Colonel Pash has compiled a book “the Alsos mission”, in which he speaks at length about La Meynardie as an “impressive old castle”.