The International Association of Beauforts was established in 1995 when Beaufort-en-Vallee, France hosted the first reunion of Beauforts. The Beaufort, North Carolina organization seeks to promote international cooperation, understanding and development through a variety of dynamic exchanges with cities and towns with whom Beaufort maintains active sister city partnerships. By interpreting our way of life to people of other cultures, we gain a better understanding of our own community. This site provides information on our local organization as well as overviews of each of our sister-city Beauforts.

Beaufort Jura, France

Beaufort Jura is a commune in Jura department in Franche-Comte in eastern France.


"BEAUFORT owes its origin to the castle built in the twelfth century by the monks of Gigny to protect their vast estates in these places. Some huts occupied by serfs have formed the first village. Located at the foot of the hill people could take refuge in the castle in case of danger.

"For several centuries, as elsewhere, Beaufort undergone many dramatic events such as wars, famines or epidemics. Besides the serious events, others quieter also marked local life.

"From 1471 to 1479, the armies of King Louis XI sacked the village. In 1595, Beaufort suffered abuse troops of Henri IV. A little later in time, in 1637, French troops, after having ruined Maynal, threw themselves on Beaufort fell. But April 14, 1639 with 300 soldiers Lacuzon Beaufort took the French.

"The revolutionary period of 1789 to 1795 was fairly quiet in Beaufort. Note, however, the episode of 1793: Beaufort peasants, led by a few fanatics rushed upon the castle, began to pillage and ruined so much, that even today it is hard to find in the traces. August 17, 1850 was marked by the passage of Napoleon III, President of the Republic.

"The last event which marked the history of this village took place August 11, 1819, when Beaufort Cousance replaced its chief place of Canton." From the website of Christian Menouillard