In 1962 a little boy of 10, Louis-Marie Chardon, came to explore a fantastic site; his father, André Chardon, a farmer, had just accquired some more land to expand the family farm where they cultivated trees and shrubs.

Only the land on the hillside was planted with apple trees, the area situated in the valley was left abandoned in a jumble of brambles.

It was thus that, little by little, Louis-Marie uncovered the Troglodyte habitations and that the idea to renovate the place was born.

In 1984 Louis-Marie inherited the place and began to work on it in his spare time as well as his professional work growing fruit trees. He cleared up and uncovered the 53rd and last underground refuge of the Indre and Loire region known to this day. He was inquisitive and was encouraged by what he progressively uncovered. He imagined the place inhabited and lively.

15 years later the Troglodyte Valley of the Goupillières was born, the site became alive again and Louis-Marie Chardon opened it to the public in 2000.