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ARCHITECTURE

Among the architectural gems of the coffee cycle in Guaratinguetá, is Farm Neuchatel, constructed outside the Ribeirão das Pedras, the district Pedrinha. Dating from 1875, owes its name, architectural style and construction Ulysses Alexis Perrenoud, a Swiss family, originally from the medieval town and university of Neuchatel. The farmhouse is a replica of the family home in Neuchatel, the Swiss canton of the same name.

It has a unique feature headquarters in Paraiba Valley region: the waterwheel five feet tall works inside the residence, with water coming from the Serra of  Mantiqueira by aqueduct, stone work of great architectural beauty.

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THE  INVENTORY AND WILL

When he died in 1808, Ulysses Perrenoud, left a widow and twelve children Mariana Francelina: Georgeta, Ulysses, Aurora, Emiliana, Jaime, Alice Arnold, Gilberto, Olga Cecilia George and Ademar. The inventory of farm records 198.5 bushels demarcated fields and barns, with 15 thousand coffee valued at "a short story, five hundred thousand." The home of "left the farm, and lined the entire room" was evaluated in two and a half stories (today R$250 000 . The machinery to benefit coffee - peeler, fan and shaker, driven by waterwheel, the evaluation had two grands  There were still 14 yoke of oxen and their carts, cattle and houses in the city.

Registers though William Oscar Perrenoud bought out the heirs.
In 1924, the inventory of the widow Mariana Francelina, there was no record of Neuchatel. This was the time when the coffee in decline in the region, gave way to dairy farming, brought by farmers from Minas Gerais who began to acquire land and settle in the region.

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