Historic Attractions

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.

Historic Tour Passport

Cost: $15/Adults
$5/Students (1st – 12th grade)
Children 5 years & under FREE!
800-373-7007
573-883-7097
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Save money on entry to several of the most iconic sites with one ticket!  Available April to November.
-1806 Jacques Guibourd House
-1818 Felix Vallé State Historic Site
-1790 Green Tree Tavern (Seasonally)
-1792 Bauvais- Amoureux House
– 1808 Bequette-Ribault Site (Summers, Saturdays only)
– Coming soon! The Ste. Genevieve Museum Learning Center
Purchase Passports at the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center.

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
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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. Purchased by Benjamin Amoureux in 1852, the house is now part of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Felix Vallé State Historic Site. The small admission charge includes a tour of 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. Open seasonally.

Centre for French Colonial Life

198 Market St
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-3105
CentreForFrenchColonialLife.org
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Inside the Centre for French Colonial Life, temporary and permanent exhibits educate visitors concerning early French life in the area.  A gift shop is located inside. The Centre is also the gateway to your visit to the Bolduc House and the Bolduc-LeMeilleur House. Purchase admission to these sites and meet your guide here.

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Designated as a National Historic Landmark by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and winner of the 2005 Preserve America Award, the 1785 Louis Bolduc House is regarded as “the first most authentically restored Creole house in the Nation”. Its poteaux-sur-sole, vertical-log walls and heavy oak timbered, double-pitched ‘hip’ roof were considered sophisticated construction for the time and employed to protect the French Canadian settlers from the elements. The house and grounds display original, accurately restored eighteenth century furnishings, living quarters, stockade fence, and a French herb garden and grape arbor of that early era. Owned and operated by the National Society of the Colonial Dames in America in the State of Missouri, the Bolduc House Museum is open daily (weather and major holidays excepted).  Admission includes tours of the Bolduc House, the Bolduc -LeMeilleur House and the gardens and grounds.

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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. Admission includes guided tours. A gift shop is located on the site. 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
Ste.GenevieveMemorialCemetery.org
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Memorial Cemetery is the final resting place for well over 3,000 people.  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 is dated 15 years after the cemetery was officially closed in 1882.  

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Odile Valle 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.  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 master’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 and Crestlawn Cemetery for others.

Ste. Genevieve Museum

3rd & Merchant Streets
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
573-883-3466

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Temporarily closed (Jan. thru early May, 2019), the Ste. Genevieve Museum is relocating to a larger facility and will be called the Sainte Genevieve Museum Learning Center. Ste. Genevieve Museum housed some of the most interesting clips of memorabilia the town has to offer. Whether it’s Native American Indian artifacts, a scale-model train, an eighteenth century French flute, some of John J. Audubon’s stuffed

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birds or an original copy of a Spanish land grant, the museum surely would pique your interest. Located in the heart of the National Historic Landmark District, the museum was open daily with a small admission charge.

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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 4pm, 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