It covers an area of 1,560 hectares and is composed of three distinctive land forms:
-The plain of the Dordogne and the Eyraud rivers, which comprises agricultural areas where a variety of crops, from cereals to tobacco, are grown.
-La Force plateau, located at an altitude of 60 to 80 metres, which is dominated by the town centre.
-The intensely-afforested North plateau consists of massifs comprising deciduous and coniferous trees and heaths, interspersed with DFCI (French Forest Fire Control) trails.
In 1604, the Duke of Caumont La Force decided to build the Château de La Force, which was destroyed in 1793, leaving only the central tax collection pavilion standing and around which the historic town centre developed.
In 1848, another event would transform the town greatly when Pastor John BOST began building the asylum.
The town boasts a rich heritage: a lavoir (wash-house), the John Bost Foundation temple, Doctor Clament's house, the bandstand, church, castle, etc.
You can discover the town via a self-guided signed interpretative trail which will take you from the Pavillon des Recettes (Tax Collection Pavilion) to Pastor John Bost's Asylum.
La Force Church