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.

Montmorency-Beaufort (Champagne) France

Montmorency-Beaufort (region: Champagne-Ardenne) is a commune in the Aube department of north-central France.

The little village seems to date from the 
Carolingian Period. The first document concerning the lordship of Beaufort is a deed which dates from 1060.  

"Jehan, son of the noble king of England, Duke of Lanquastre, count of Richemont, Derby, Leicester and Nicol, Lord of Beaufort occupied the castle of Beaufort and its association with Roel Catherine, widow of a knight English, had four children, including John Beaufort, head of the branch of the Dukes of Somerset."
A village in Champagne
(This site is translated from French to English)

The arms show in the first quarter a garb, symbol for agriculture, the main source of income in the village. The second quarter shows three saw blades derived from the arms of the Broyes family, who founded the village of Beaufort. The castle in the third quarter symbolizes the local castle. The fourth quarter shows a wavy bar for the La Loire river in the municipality.