Historic Attractions

Free Walking Tours in the Historic District

66 South Main Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7097
Friday, Saturday, Sunday Mornings
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Free walking tours are presented on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings in the Ste. Genevieve Historic District. Topics might include Colonial Era Ste. Genevieve: Creating a Creole Way of Life, The Enlightened Women of Ste. Genevieve: A Women’s History Walking Tour, Cradle to Grave: Family Life from the

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Church to the Cemetery, People are People: Ste. Genevieve’s Historically Documented Scandals, or From Enslavement to Freedom: The Story of Pelagie Amoureux.  Tours are led by personnel from the National Park Service, Missouri State Parks, French Colonial America, and the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve. Enjoy this opportunity to learn more about our past!

Hands-On History at the Linden House

116 S. Main St
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-880-4123
Centre For FrenchColonialLife.org
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The Linden House features lots of 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. Open Saturdays 11am-3pm, March 7th-October 31st, 2020

The Bolduc & LeMeilleur Houses

entry at 198 Market St
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-3105
Centre ForFrenchColonialLife.org
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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 & Spanish culture, influence, and architecture.

Tickets 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. Open daily with tours at the half-hour mark (10:30, 11:30). Available to student and adult groups; call to schedule a tour.

 

The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center

360 Market Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-3466
The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center
Opening summer of 2020
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The Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center plans to open in the summer of 2020. The first floor will feature some of Guy Darrough’s impressive dinosaur replicas and evidence of the Missouri dinosaur currently being excavated. There will also be displays of artifacts from various ancient cultures. Upstairs will be home to local history. Native American, French, and German exhibits will feature unique artifacts from Ste. Genevieve’s past.

Green Tree Tavern

244 St Marys Rd
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7102
FelixValléStateHistoricSite.com
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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 operated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. 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!

 

 

Sainte Genevieve Art Center
and Art Museum

3rd & Merchant Streets
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-535-9833

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The Sainte Genevieve Art Center and Art Museum will be opening soon.  It will display an overview of this county’s rich art history and art by local artists.  The Center is home to the Art Guild and will offer art classes, workshops and other events.

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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
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 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

Bauvais-Amoureux House

327 St Marys Rd
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7102
FelixValléStateHistoricSite.com
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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
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The headquarters for the French Colonial America museum campus, this building houses temporary and long-term exhibits, the campus gift shop, and offices.  Currently the Centre is closed.  Opening in May 2020 will be a new exhibit, The American Revolutionary War in the West.

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This exhibit explores the Battle of Fort San Carlos (St. Louis, MO) and the role the Ste. Genevieve Militia played in the battle, as well as other battles in the Western front. This exhibit will be released in conjunction with the co-sponsored HEC-TV documentary, House of Thunder – learn more at www.HouseOfThunder.org

Adult/$10, Student/$5. Open Daily; Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: Noon-5pm. Available for groups; call to schedule a tour.

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Felix Vallé State Historic Site

Merchant & 2nd Streets
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7102
FelixValleStateHistoricSite.com
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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. Open daily March-October and Thursday thru Sunday November-February.

Jacques Guibourd Historic House

4th & Merchant Sts
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-7544
HistoricSteGen.org
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The Jacques Guibourd Historic House was constructed 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 the visitor 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, Inc. as a memorial to its donor, Jules Felix Vallé.  Admission includes a costumed docent-guided tour. Open daily April through the 1st 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

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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.