Historic Attractions

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Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
502-330-7749
Time by mutual agreement
suzanne@texturedwords.com
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On the Texturedwords Tour, enjoy an hour or two exploring French colonial America with a local historic interpreter, with a tour tailored just for you. Will you choose an evening stroll, an early morning walk, an afternoon drive to experience the land that European countries fought to gain and hold, or a fun chat

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for an introduction to the area? Walking tours of Historic Ste. Genevieve are usually 1 1/2 to 2 hours, depending on your interests. Driving tours include Kaskaskia, Le Grand Champ, Ste. Genevieve and other sites of historic interest. These usually include a walking element to allow you to “feel” the history. Nothing compares to actually being in the place where it really happened! Suzanne brings her special expertise and knowledge of Ste. Genevieve historical walking tours to help bring history to life. Get healthy, enjoy nature, and improve your mind, all at the same time with a Texturedwords tour. Now that tourism is once again opening for business in a safe and healthy way, why not celebrate by supporting small businesses, and towns like Ste. Genevieve? SPRING 2021 SPECIAL RATES: $5/adult per hour.

Sainte Genevieve Art Center
and Art Museum

DuBourg Place and Merchant Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-535-9833

Art Guild website
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11:00-4:00
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The Sainte Genevieve Art Center features displays on the county’s rich art history and art by local artists. The center is home to the Ste. Genevieve Art Guild and will offer art classes, workshops and other events. Come in and browse the impressive displays!

Free Ranger Programs in the Historic District

99 South Main Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-880-7189
VisitSteGen
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Walking tours and other guided programs of Ste. Genevieve are available seasonally.  Contact the Welcome Center for more information.  Enjoy this opportunity to learn more about the past! For current program offerings, visit Ste. Genevieve NHP event calendar .

 

 

Hands-On History at the Linden House

116 S. Main St
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-880-4123
Centre For FrenchColonialLife.org
Open some Saturdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., March through October, and by group booking.
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The Linden House features fun and educational French Colonial Activities for kids. Visit and experience colonial crafts and skills by “shopping” in our vintage store, learn about history and language in our 18th century school room, throw a tomahawk* or

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use a bow and arrow in the yard, and so much more! *Age 8+, close-toed shoes required.
Available by group booking.

The Bolduc & LeMeilleur Houses

entry at 198 Market St
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-3105
Centre ForFrenchColonialLife.org
Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 12-5
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The Bolduc House is a National Historic Landmark and is restored back to the way it was in the 1790s. The Colonial furnishings in this vertical log structure demonstrate how people lived back then. The LeMeilleur House next door illustrates the next generation of house construction and décor. Guided tours are available

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with an emphasis on French and Spanish culture, influence, and architecture.

Tickets for tours available on the bottom of most hours may be purchased at the campus gift shop inside the Centre for French Colonial Life.
Adult/$10, Student/$5, free to military with I.D. Available to student and adult groups as well. Call to schedule a group tour.

 

The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center

360 Market Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-3466
The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center
Open Friday-Saturday 10:00-4:00
Sunday 11:00-2:00
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The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center has opened some of its galleries, including some of Guy Darrough’s impressive dinosaur replicas and evidence of the Missouri dinosaur currently being excavated.  Additions are being made with galleries focusing on local history. Native American, French, German and mining exhibits will feature unique artifacts from Ste. Genevieve’s past.

Green Tree Tavern

244 St Marys Rd
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-880-7189
Green Tree Tavern
Open seasonally
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The Green Tree Tavern is the oldest verified vertical log building in Ste. Genevieve. Officially dated to 1790 by dendrochronology studies, this “poteau sur sole” (post on sill) vertical log construction was built by the French Canadian Nicolas Janis. This impressive structure

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has also been used as an inn, a tobacco store, and the first Masonic Lodge in Missouri. The Green Tree is transferring to the Sainte Genevieve National Historic Park.  Open seasonally.

Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church

49 DuBourg Place
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-2731
SteGenevieveParish.com
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The current, brick Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church is the third Catholic church erected on this block. As Ste. Genevieve was moved to higher ground due to flooding, the original log church was moved here in 1794. A stone structure

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replacing the log building was consecrated in 1837. As the congregation grew a larger church was required, and a brick building was constructed around the stone one. The stone church continued to be used until the new church was completed in 1880. Then the remaining old stones were removed out the doors. In 1911 this church was expanded again with the addition of the altar apse and the two side transepts. Come inside to admire the stain glass windows and marble adornments!

 

 

Bauvais-Amoureux House

327 St Marys Rd
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7102
FelixValléStateHistoricSite.com
Open seasonally
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Built around 1792 by Jean-Baptiste St. Gemme Bauvais, the Bauvais-Amoureux Historic House overlooks Ste. Genevieve’s communal agricultural fields, le Grand Champ. Its upright cedar log walls are set directly into the earth in the rare poteaux-en-terre method of

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construction. Heavy, hand-hewn timbers form the Norman truss system which supports the steeply-pitched roof that is reminiscent of early French Canadian architecture. This vertical log home was purchased by Benjamin Amoureux in 1852 and later inherited by his wife Pelagie. Visit Pelagie Amoureux to hear her story.  This house is now part of the National Park Service. Tour a display explaining how vertical log buildings were constructed and a large, impressive diorama depicting the village of Ste. Genevieve as it was in 1832! Free. Open seasonally.

Centre for French Colonial Life

198 Market St
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-3105
Centre ForFrenchColonialLife.org
Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10-5, and Sunday12-5
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The Centre for French Colonial Life is the headquarters for the French Colonial America museum campus. This building houses temporary and long-term exhibits, the campus gift shop, and offices. Two exhibits are currently on display, Saving St. Louis and  Augmenting the Evidence.

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 Saving St. Louis is an exhibit explaining the role of the 60 militiamen from Ste. Genevieve who traveled upstream and were instrumental in thwarting the British attack on May 26, 1780 during the Revolutionary War. The Augmenting the Evidence exhibit features original items used in this region by both French and Native American peoples during the late 18th century.

Adult/$5, Student/$3. To schedule a group tour call 573-883-3105.

 

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Felix Vallé House State Historic Site

Merchant & 2nd Streets
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7102
Felix Valle State Historic Site
Open Daily
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This important Federal style limestone building features an authentically restocked mercantile store of the historic trading firm of Menard and Vallé. Built in 1818, this historic site was the home of one of Ste. Genevieve’s premier colonial

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families, Felix and Odile Pratte Vallé. The house features the family’s living quarters displaying beautiful early Empire furnishings with fully restored, original mantels and interior trim. An outside staircase on the back porch leads to fully furnished, second floor bedrooms. The charming garden features original brick and frame outbuildings. Special Saturday activities are offered seasonally.
Admission includes guided tours. Meet your guide in the gift shop located across the street. Tours are offered at 10, 11, 1, 2, 3.

Guibourd-Valle House

Fourth and Merchant streets
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7544
HistoricSteGen.org
Open Monday-Friday 1-5,
Saturday-Sunday 12:00-5:00
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The Guibourd-Valle House was constructed for Jacques Guibourd in 1806 in the poteaux-sur-sole style with vertical, hand-hewn log walls and double-pitched roof. This important National Register site is the only historic house in Ste. Genevieve where visitors can view and study

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up close the Norman truss architecture employed at the time. The house displays a more refined rendition of the typical French Colonial residence in the era of Lewis and Clark and is finished with elegant French antiques. The museum is owned and operated by the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve as a memorial to its donor, Jules Felix Vallé. Admission includes a costumed docent-guided tour. Open daily April through the first weekend in December. It is closed on all major holidays. Group tours may be arranged at any time by appointment.

Ste. Genevieve Memorial Cemetery

5th & Merchant Streets
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7544
Open daily until dusk
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Memorial Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 3,500 people, perhaps up to 5,000.  Most grave markers were wooden crosses which have rotted away leaving most graves unmarked. The oldest grave is of Louis Le Clere and is dated 1796.  The newest interment, or reinternment, is dated 15 years after the cemetery was officially closed in 1882.
Dr. Lewis Linn

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was first buried in1843 in Memorial Cemetery, but he did not rest in peace. Because the cemetery had become quite weedy and overgrown, the “model senator” was moved nearby to the new Valle Springs Cemetery. After Memorial Cemetery was cleaned up, in 1938 Senator Linn was buried for the third time. His almost 100-year-old corpse was remarkably preserved in his air-tight, lead-lined coffin, and people lined up to view his face through the window in the lid.
Another burial after the official closure of the cemetery was for Odile Valle. She wished to be buried with her prominent husband, Felix Valle. In exchange she donated land for the new cemetery and an enormous sum for the construction of the new brick Catholic Church.
Other notables buried in the cemetery include John Scott, Missouri’s last territorial representative and first Congressman; Jean Baptiste Vallé, the last French commandant of the area; Jacques Misse, an American Revolutionary War soldier; and a Civil War colonel killed at the Battle of Shiloh.
The oldest part of the cemetery is the middle third. This section was for Catholics.  As other faiths came to the territory, another section was added up hill. This is where victims of a steamship explosion are buried, as are Native Americans. Some African slaves are buried there as well, while others lay at peace in their enslaver’s plot. When it became apparent that more room was needed, another parcel was added downhill from the original. Finally, Memorial Cemetery reached capacity and became a health hazard. Burials after May of 1882 were in the new Valle Spring Cemetery for Catholics, the Lutheran Cemetery, and Crestlawn Cemetery for others.

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The Bequette-Ribault House

351 St Marys Rd
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-747-1000
Open Saturdays 12:00-5:00 seasonally
Chaumette.com
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The Bequette-Ribault House, located across from Le Grand Champ or the “Big Field,”  was built in 1808. It is a “poteaux-en-terre ”or “posts-in-the-earth” building, referencing its vertical logs built directly into the ground without a foundation. Ste. Genevieve

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is home to 3 out of 5 remaining such buildings. In one of its restored outbuildings, a Hospitality Center features a tasting bar offering tastings and purchase of Chaumette’s award-winning wines.  The Bequette Ribault House was restored by Chaumette’s owners Hank and Jacque Johnson and is usually open for public tours on Saturdays, noon to 5pm, Memorial Day – October, and private tours on Saturdays can be arranged during winter months by calling 573-747-1000. For more info visit our web site: chaumette.com