As you drive up the long driveway in the Jura Mountains in southern France up to the Graber Ancestral home at Mont-Prevoir; this is your first view. It is also the view that my uncle Ora Graber had put in his book, The Graber Immigrants 1650-1984.
The place is currently a working dairy farm. The house is on the left and the barn right past it. On the left you can see an older building which is the first house Peter Graber(1745-1805) had built when he moved to this farm on the top of the mountain which he called Mont-Prevoir. In the photo you can see two of the current residents children; Leanna and Noah. Not sure of the spelling as this is in France and I am not good with French. A Graber cousin Stefan Graber was our guide and he was our interpreter. When I showed the current owner and his children the book and the pictures in it, they were excited. They had no idea their farm was that famous. They did, however say, that a few years ago some Amish people visited there but they had no idea what they wanted or why they came.
Joseph wrote an earlier post about this area and posted some of the pictures from the Graber book. Read that here.
This is a closeup of the front side of the house Peter Graber built when he first moved his family from Audincourt to Mont-Prevoir. The present owner said there used to be another room on this end of the house but it was bad and had been removed. There is a basement, or rather a cave in the area under the house and at one time cheese was made there.
These are a special breed of cattle originally bred and named by our ancestor John Graber who lived in Montbéliarde and are now known as the Montbéliarde cows. The are the best milk and cheese cows and are very popular here in France and Switzerland. Here is a link to a Wikipedia article about these cows.
And this is standing in front of the current house and looking down the driveway that heads down the mountain. It is paved now and goes beyond this farm. Traffic came through there when we were there. In Ora Grabers’ book he called it a 2 mile driveway and the picture showed it to be a trail.