Lions Club Park

155 Market St.
Public Invited

A green space with tables and benches located in the middle of the historic downtown, Lions Club Park is an oasis where you can enjoy a meal or walking respite and sit under a beautiful shade canopy. Stop by for a beer and a hamburger during Jour De Fete or say hi to Santa after the annual Christmas Parade.

Schools may use the park for their sack lunch breaks during school tours but please reserve the park by email.

All other group event/activities must fill out a Lions Club application by email.

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Ste. Geneviève Architecture

A Poteaux-sur-sol or Poteaux-en-terre
Q What are two examples of timber construction methods in Ste. Geneviève used for French colonial structures?

Ste. Geneviève is one of the few surviving homes of these two timber construction methods, poteaux-sur-sol and poteaux-en-terre. Both methods are comprised of closely spaced vertical posts or poteaux.

Poteaux-sur-sol or “posts-on-a-sill” is timber framing in which relatively closely spaced vertical posts rest on a timber sill. While in poteaux-en-terre or “posts-in-the-earth” the vertical posts rest directly into the ground.

Ste. Geneviève Marble…

Protecting Our Founding Documents

Did you know a part of Ste. Geneviève is being used today to protect the United States’ founding documents. Yes, it is! Ste. Geneviève is famous for stone particularly limestone, sandstone, and Ste. Geneviève marble. This marble has been used as decorative panels in buildings across America. Most notably, it is used to protect the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution at the National Archives in Washington DC. Visitors can view an example of the marble in the local post office.

Wine Country…

The Ste. Geneviève Grape

During the 1800s, Ste. Geneviève had its own type of grape. It went by various names, Ste. Geneviève, Amoureux, Red Elben, and American Rulander. It was grown extensively in the Hermann MO and Ohio areas. Today, it is no longer grown.

Ste. Geneviève people have been making wine for its entire existence. Originally, the early French made wine from wild grapes growing up in the trees. The phrase, making the vintage with a hatchet, referred to the practice of cutting down trees in order to get to the grapes. The wine was also made from local fruits and berries.

Many locals still make their own wine. Today, Ste. Geneviève County is home to numerous wineries along the Route de Vin Trail.

Historic Roads…

The Roads Less Traveled

Ste. Geneviève County is home to three historic roads.
Three Notch Road: The earliest was the Three Notch Road that went from Ste. Geneviève to the lead mines at Mine la Motte. 

The King’s Road: The second road was started in 1779 and became known as the King’s Road, or El Camino Real in Spanish, and eventually Kingshighway. There is a rural portion of this road north of downtown Ste. Geneviève that visitors can drive. 

The Plank Road: The third historic highway was the 1852 Ste. Geneviève, Iron Mountain, and Plank Road. Constructed of wood, it was the longest such road built in Missouri and was used primarily to haul iron products from Iron Mountain west of present-day Farmington to Ste. Genevieve for transshipment on the river. 

Visitors can drive a rural portion of Lime Kiln Road west of Ste. Geneviève.

Ste. Geneviève…

The Patron Saint of Paris

Did you know the “Ste” in Ste. Geneviève is the abbreviated form of Sainte because the town is named after a French female saint? Ste. Geneviève lived around 400 AD and was well-loved by the French. She is known as the patron saint of Paris since she is attributed to having saved Paris from Attila the Hun.

The Church of Ste. Geneviève has a large statue of her above the front doors, a side altar dedicated to her, and a famous painting “The Vows of Ste. Geneviève” which is purported to have been given to the parish by King Louis XV. 

Art Colony…

LIST OF ARTISTS

ART COLONY

Post Marked!

A wall in the local post office was the canvas for a special mural commissioned by the federal government. As post offices were being built around the country in the early 1900s, 10% of the budget was directed towards art.

Around the same time, Ste. Geneviève established its own Art Colony similar to the one in Providence, Rhode Island.

Members included: Jessie Beard Rickly, Thomas Hart Benton, Aimee Schweig, Miriam McKinnie, Martyl Schweig Langsdorf, Sister Cassiana Marie, Joseph Meert, Bernard E. Peters, E. Oscar Thalinger, and Matthew E. Ziegler 

Today, Ste. Geneviève has an Art Guild. There are also art galleries, art walks, opportunities to participate in Plein Air, “in the open air” painting, and a variety of art-related activities throughout the year.

Literary Influences… 

The Walls Do Talk In Ste. Geneviève

While not known as the birthplace of any literary figures, Ste. Geneviève has hosted its fair share of authors. The Green Tree Tavern was once the destination for writers passing through town.

Henri Brackenridge, a 7-year-old boy from Pittsburgh was sent to Ste. Geneviève in 1793 for three years to learn French. He describes Ste. Geneviève in his book Recollections of Person and Places in the West and on his return to Ste. Geneviève in 1811, commented, “A sign on the other side of the Gabarie having caught my eye, I resolved to make for it – in former times private hospitality was the only dependence of the traveler.”

Other authors who enjoyed the “private hospitality” of Ste. Geneviève were Thomas Ashe and John Maley.

Ste. Geneviève’s Memorial Cemetery…

The Final Resting Place

Considered the oldest cemetery in Missouri, the Memorial Cemetery is home to around 275 tombstones while the number of people buried there is between 3500 to 5000.

Among those individuals are a US senator and his wife who have been buried 3 TIMES! It’s also the final resting place for Missouri’s first United States representative. 

The wide range of peoples interred in the Memorial Cemetery are indicative of the confluence of Ste. Geneviève’s population.

The cemetery was a communal burying ground including early pioneers – Africans both enslaved and free, Native Americans, both American Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers, and a mass burial site for victims of a local steamboat explosion among others.

Local Cuisine…

Foodie Alert

Don’t forget to satisfy your palette with some local cuisine. Here are a couple of local treats on the opposite ends of the culinary spectrum.

Oberle Dog

A little butcher shop on the outskirts of Ste. Geneviève is home to the famous Oberle sausage, or as it’s more commonly known the Oberle Dog. The Oberle Dog is courtesy of Ste. Geneviève’s German heritage. Germans from the Southern Black Forest region immigrated here from the 1830s to the 1870s when the Oberle family brought their sausage recipe to the area.

Nuts for Ste. Geneviève – Pecans

If you’re looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, try some pralines made from the pecans of the Carya illinoinensis tree. Known for its naturally sweet taste, this pecan tree is native to Missouri and can be found growing in the deep alluvial soils of the Mississippi River.

The Perfume of Flowers…

“Flat-boatmen drifting down the river at night could know when they are passing Ste. Geneviève by the perfume of the flowers wafted across the river.” ~New York Times Aug 22, 1935 Page 14

Staying true to their past, the sweet smells of perfume still waft in Ste. Geneviève. Enjoy the colonial gardens at the Felix Valle, J. B. Valle, and the Bolduc houses, as well as several mini-gardens located around town. Also, the Master Gardeners of Ste. Geneviève hosts garden walks and tours each year.

An enduring symbol of Ste. Geneviève’s French culture, the fleur de lis, is based on the lily, the official town flower. Fleur de Lis can be seen all over Ste. Geneviève.

John James Audubon…

Following Nature In Her Walks

“During all these years there existed within me a tendency to follow Nature in her walks.”
~ John James Audubon

That “tendency” inspired the naturalist and ornithologist, John James Audubon to follow Nature when he came to Ste. Geneviève in 1812.

After a brief stint as a storekeeper with his business partner Ferdinand Rozier, Audubon soon abandoned that venture for the work that would define his life.

Visitors can learn more about this visionary in the lobby of the hotel named after him.

Hikers can “follow Nature in her walks” in the same scenic areas Audubon did – Hawn State Park, Pickle Springs, Hickory Canyon, and Magnolia Hollow. And closer to town, visit the Ste. Geneviève Levee Wildlife Refuge and Lake Audubon in Ste. Geneviève.

American Custard Co.

1055 Progress Parkway

Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Hours

Sunday 11:00 am to 7:00 pm 

Monday thru Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

American Custard Co.

Are you looking for a sweet treat to cap off a perfect meal? Look no further than the American Custard Co.

Speaking of meals, the American Custard Co. has that covered too. From pizza to burgers, they are the perfect restaurant to take your family. But don’t take our word for it. Check out these reviews.

“Best burger in Ste Gen!!!!”

~ Kara V.

“Highly recommend. The pizza was absolutely amazing and the owners will make sure you’re happy!”

~ Sam O.

“Super friendly owners, great food, and the best custard! The best part is that you can go sit down and have a good meal after a day at the water park!”

~ Christine W.

“… Good to see mom and pop style restaurants. Will definitely be back thank you.”

~ Joel B.

“The pizza is fantastic!!!! Custard was good too. Great atmosphere & the staff was super friendly! I will definitely be back!”

~ Whitley S.

“Took the family for dinner this evening and it was fantastic! Great atmosphere, friendly staff, and wonderful food. All thumbs up from our family! We will most definitely be back.”

~ Jessica P. 

Baetje Farms Events

8932 Jackson School Road
Bloomsdale, MO 63627

Call us at 573-483-9021
Check-in advance for open hours.

Interested in a fun day at Baetje Farms? Schedule a tour of our world famous creamery, goats, barn, and a complimentary cheese tasting!

Baetje Farms is open to the public Monday through Thursday and often on Sundays. Please check our website for updates.

While you are there, feed the goats and then feed yourself award-winning goat cheese for a truly memorable experience!

 

The Artisan Venue

The event venue you’ve been looking for; from lavish parties to small intimate gatherings.

Winner of The Knot 2021 Best of Weddings & WeddingWire 2021 Couple’s Choice Award!

Week’s Restaurant

An American cuisine restaurant with an elaborate menu featuring entrees including: seafood, steaks, pastas, chicken, BBQ, burgers, sandwiches, salads, Asian, Mexican style, and more, Week’s Restaurant has something for every guest to enjoy. With recipes developed by the owner, Mary J. Weeks and passed on to world-class executive chefs, Week’s Restaurant is a local favorite visited by many.

Week’s Restaurant, located in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri since 2008.

Twin Turret Farm & The Castle

A kitschy Castle with a turret and lots of Old World charm. It is set on 100 secluded acres including fields, woods, hiking, a waterfall and a 20 acre private lake.

La Fleur de Lis

Welcome to a bit of country in the city.  Located within walking distance to the National Historic Park in downtown Ste. Geneviève.  Comfortable and relaxing surroundings, with a large yard and park like views from your private patio.  This large studio features a king size bed and an available queen size Areobed.  Complete with living area, dining area, and a kitchenette.  Spend your time here, where dogs stay free! 

1090 Market

Be our guest in a warm and welcoming lower level. A private entry, 1 bed/1 bath cozy Airbnb. Enjoy your self check-in stay which includes a queen size bed, living room, Wifi, kitchenette and coffee bar. Accommodations include a brightly lit den/office. Your stay is a 3 min. drive from historic downtown Ste. Geneviève, where you can enjoy restaurants, shops, antique mall, wineries, hiking, biking and French colonial history. Host’s reside in the upper level. 

Jean Baptiste Valle NPS Site

99 South Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-880-7189
Contact the National Park Service for availability

The Jean-Baptiste Vallé House is a large and imposing example of the “poteaux-sure-solle” (post on sill) construction. In the 1850s and 1860s, subsequent owners of the house remodeled it to conform to American tastes. In the 1960s, descendants of Leon Vion, who purchased the property in 1867, restored the house to its pre-1850 appearance.  

Jean-Baptiste Vallé was the commandant of this area at the time the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory eliminating that French/Spanish position. Built in 1794, this house served as both a government center and home. Today it is operated by the National Park Service and is open when rangers are available.

Holiday Christmas Festival

December 3 & 4, 2022

All day Saturday and Sunday in the downtown Ste. Geneviève Historic district

Admission: Free

Call us at 800-373-7007 or 573-883-7097

Experience a wonderland of festivities during the annual Holiday Christmas Festival. A cultural celebration of 500 years of holiday-themed music performed by renowned musicians from across the region is featured at free performances in historic churches and other downtown venues.

Other activities include a Christmas parade, caroling, colonial decorations, free pictures with Santa for the little ones, the Art Guild Art Show & Sale, downtown shop refreshments, some historic site open houses, and an old-fashioned Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Saturday evening at the Welcome Center!

Déjà vu Spirit Reunion

October 22, 2022

Would you like to hear the story of a U.S. Senator who has been buried three different times? A Civil War colonel who died at the battle of Shiloh? Meet up with the modern-day spirit of Missouri’s first U.S. Representative? Or “meet” one portraying the well-to-do, or the not-so-well-to-do, residents of Ste. Geneviève’s history before 1880?

At the Déjà vu Spirit Reunion, on the 4th Saturday in October, visitors will experience these stories and more as the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Geneviève hosts its annual event in the historic Memorial Cemetery. Tour the cemetery via lantern light and chat “face-to-face” with friendly spirits clad in traditional dress and enjoy a hauntingly good time.

Sponsored by the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Geneviève.

Rural Heritage Day

October 22, 2022

Rural Heritage Day, the fourth Saturday in October, is a celebration of history, reverie, and reminiscence dedicated to the hard-working founders of Ste. Geneviève. Come see how it used to be done: whether it’s farming, cooking, spinning, lace-making, leatherworking, soap-making, wood carving, gardening, or good old-fashioned games.

Watch demonstrations of the handicrafts of yesteryear. Stay till the evening and enjoy the “Spirit Reunion,” a fundraiser for Memorial Cemetery that features costumed “Spirits” telling the stories of the early settlers buried there

Jour de Fête

August 13-14, 2022

The annual Jour de Fête, the second full weekend in August, is southeast Missouri’s largest outdoor Crafts Fair. Held in the heart of Ste. Geneviève’s Historic District, visitors can browse through arts and crafts booths. Shop till you drop and enjoy live music, food, living history demonstrations, and other activities at this family-friendly event.

Freedom Celebration

July 2, 2022

Admission is FREE

Celebrate Ste. Geneviève’s Independence Day public gathering with music, speeches, and fireworks! At noon there is a traditional celebration with a church bell ringing, Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic speeches, and music, as well as an honor salute by various local organizations.

That evening the local Muny Band will perform patriotic music, and at dusk, Fireworks will explode in Ste. Geneviève’s Pere Marquette Park.

French Heritage Festival

June 11-12, 2022

The French Heritage Festival, 2nd Weekend in June, celebrates 300 years of French culture and traditions! Experience living history, live traditional music, and La Veillee folk dancing at the Felix Valle State Historic Site.

Also enjoy French foods, re-enactors in period dress, historic home tours, street dance with wine and beer tent, promenades (parades), children’s activities, walking tours, tea with “Marie Antoinette” at the Guibourd, and much more!

Master Gardener’s Annual Garden Walk

May 20-21, 2023

The Ste. Geneviève Master Gardeners’ annual Garden Walk is held in the downtown historic district the weekend following Mother’s Day. It is a unique opportunity to tour private and public gardens.

Several gardens are part of historic homes in Ste. Geneviève and are typical of the 18th-century time period. Other activities include a Master Gardeners’ plant sale, private vendors, discounts at participating downtown merchants, art exhibits, and on Saturday, the Farmers Market.

Ste. Geneviève Kings Ball

February 4, 2023

The King’s Ball, originally held to celebrate twelfth-night, is another early French settler tradition that dates back over 250 years. Held on the first Saturday in February at the VFW Hall on Memorial Drive, attendees are encouraged to dress in French Colonial attire and participate in traditional music and dance.

Some guests dress their tables with candelabra, tablecloths, wine and food so dancers can “nibble their way around the hall and visit.” Don’t miss this “French” Mardis Gras in Missouri!

Sponsored by the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Geneviève. Proceeds benefit historic preservation activities and other projects.

La Guiannée (La Guignolèe)

December 31, 2022

Founded by French merchants and fur traders, Ste. Geneviève remained a French-speaking enclave for many years in the newly Americanized Midwest. Sadly, the last generations of native French speakers are disappearing, but cherished traditions like La Guiannée still remain. This ancient tradition, analogous to the English custom of Wassailing that dates back to Europe’s Middle Ages, is celebrated by descendants of those French settlers.

You can watch and participate with these singers and musicians as they celebrate this 250-year-old tradition each New Year’s Eve in the streets, cafes, and pubs of Ste. Geneviève’s Historic District.

“Bonsoir le maître et la maîtresse, and everyone who lives here too. Now for the last day of the year, la guignolée vous nous devez.” So begins the song chanted almost every New Year’s Eve in Ste. Genevieve for well over 250 years! Ste. Genevieve’s La Guignolèe singing troupe will again run their circuit of the Ste. Genevieve historic district in their centuries old New Year’s tradition. Dressed in bizarre and somewhat archaic costumes, the revelers wander from place to place on New Year’s Eve, singing a beggars’ song for favors.

Make a dinner reservation at a restaurant to see the troupe as they make their rounds, watch them perform in the Valle gym at 7:00pm, or attend a La Guignolèe watch party sponsored by the Centre for French Colonial Life 6:30pm-8:30pm. Don’t miss this unusual display of French tradition!

Heavenly Hotel

502 N Third Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Prepare to be swept away. This exquisite 1903 building has totally been renovated inside and out! It’s stunningly beautiful!

Although a historic building, Heavenly Hotel is super modern and clean, with tons of beautiful antiques along with modern amenities. Relax in the living room which features a comfy couch, TV with Netflix, WiFi, and a fireplace. Each of the two bedrooms has queen beds. Lay back and relax with a candle, book, and wine in the modern soaker tub & refresh with our luxury exclusive Heavenly Hair products.
 
If you wish to cook or fix breakfast, the kitchen has granite countertops, stainless appliances, dishes, and cookware. A washer and dryer are also included at this fabulous location.

From the Robin’s Nest

22010 White Sands Road
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or by appointment 314-742-3881

The Robin’s Nest is a boutique located in Ste. Geneviève, Mo which specializes in cottage home decor and other items that make your home feel special and cozy. The shop sits in a beautiful location blending the beauty of nature outside and in.

Each item is handcrafted, recreated, or mindfully selected by the owner, Robin Mazo. Robin loves her gardens and brings to the shop fresh elderberry, pecans, fruit, vegetables, and flowers. Everything she loves about nature and beauty will be reflected in her shop that’s ever-changing with the seasons.

1810 House

409 LeCompte Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

The 1810 House is a newly renovated historic home that has kept its unique style and charm throughout while boasting a modern kitchen and appliances.

Whether you feel like making a full meal, baking a cake or cookies, just baking a pizza, or even taking advantage of the romantic meals cookbook (on the island), you should find everything you need in this kitchen.

After a day exploring the National Park Historic District or the many local area wineries, breweries, distillery, shops, and restaurants, enjoy relaxing in the jetted spa tub.

The 1810 House has three bedrooms (1 king, 1 queen, 1 double) and 2.5 bathrooms. Enjoy your morning coffee or evening drinks on the wonderfully inviting covered porch as you plan your day or evening activities.

Sun Goddess by Property Lovers

Market Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Sun Goddess is location in the wonderful charming historical town of Ste, Genevieve, MO. It is super modern and clean, with tons of beautiful personal touches for each guest. This whole house rental has 2 bedrooms, each with king-size beds. Sun goddess is only a short walk (10 mins) to restaurants, museums, old time ice cream shoppe, boutiques, and bars. Ste. Genevieve is known for amazing wineries, and the Trolley to wine country (20 – 30 min scenic drive away) is available for pick up right from the driveway. Always a spectacular time!

Magnolias Loft

111 North Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Magnolias Loft is a stylish, cozy, perfect place to stay for 2-4 guests to gather and have fun! Magnolias Loft is located in historic downtown Ste. Geneviève. You can stroll the quaint streets of Ste. Geneviève to shop, eat and enjoy all the history this town has to offer, all within walking distance of this great location.

Magnolias Loft sleeps up to 4 with a queen and a double bed. It also features a stocked kitchenette. Come stay at this well-appointed location.

Louie’s Smokin’ Hot

360 Merchant Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Open Monday and Wednesday thru Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Email us at louiessmokinhot@gmail.com
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Louie’s Smokin’ Hot is a specialty grocer featuring hot sauces, hot smokes, BBQ sauces and a variety of other sauces and mustards.

Sample infused olive oils with some homemade baguettes. Try fig, truffle, maple, and Sicilian lemon-infused balsamic vinegar. Louie’s Smokin’ Hot also carries fine cigars in a humidity-controlled humidor.

Enjoy sitting and sampling!

Top Christmas Towns in the Midwest

AAA Magazine ranked the top Christmas towns in the Midwest.  Ste. Genevieve came in at #2!

Party like its 1745 in the old French village of Ste. Geneviève where the new blends with old traditions during the Holiday Christmas Festival on the first full weekend in December. On Saturday, December 4, festivities kick off with a parade led by Santa, followed by shopping opportunities and open houses honoring French Christmas traditions. On Saturday afternoon, the Felix Vallé House State Historic Site, which dates to 1818, re-creates Le Réveillon—a traditional feast usually served after midnight Christmas Mass that includes 13 desserts honoring Jesus and his disciples.

Then return to Ste. Geneviève on December 31 for La Guignolée, a French New Year’s Eve tradition. Follow costumed La Guignolèe revelers as they march to select sites in town and sing a beggar’s song for drinks and favors. The party continues at their final stop, the Centre for French Colonial Life, and participants welcome the New Year.

Bauman’s Deep Woods Escape

334 Hammermill Trail
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Deep Woods Escape is like being at your own private luxury resort that is surrounded by nature but only 7 miles from town! This 4500 sq ft spacious cabin is nothing short of breathtaking. With a touch of modern mixed and unique rustic detail, it is country sophistication at its best!

So MANY activities for every season. Take a relaxing soak in the hot tub, splash in the 40′ heated pool, unwind with a drink at the indoor or outdoor bar, snuggle up by the fireplace, roast s’mores or tell ghost stories at the outdoor fire pit, or sit on one of the many decks or patios drinking coffee and watching the sunrise. Or listen to the pure enjoyment coming from your friends, family, kids, grandkids, or co-workers.

Play ping pong, billiards pool, horseshoes, washers, sand volleyball, or one of the many board and card games. Blast your favorite song on the Sonos wifi speaker system (yes, I said blast the only people you are going to bother are the ones in your group).

Ste. Geneviève Levee Wildlife Refuge

Stormy Crawford Way
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-7097

One aspect of the Ste. Geneviève Urban Levee is to provide habitats for a variety of wildlife and to provide access for people to experience and enjoy this area.

Follow Stormy Crawford Way from Main Street toward the Ste. Geneviève Urban Levee to embark on a walk on top of the levee. Kiosks along the way tell of the history of the area.

Birds, plants, and fish can be found nearby. Don’t be surprised when you see deer, opossums, meadowlarks, and herons. Also notice the cottonwoods, oaks, and cypress trees.

Walk north or south to explore the many possibilities and enjoy a sunny walk atop the levee!

Ste. Genevieve Voted #2: Best Small Town Cultural Scene

Magnolias

60 South Third Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
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Open Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Call us at 573-880-7089

Magnolias is a trendy, upbeat boutique and gift shop specializing in unique, affordable, fashion-forward clothing, shoes, and gifts. Come see the variety of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, and scents. Even dinnerware and Yeti items are available!

Need gift ideas? Come to Magnolias! Free shipping over $75!

“Saving St. Louis” Exhibit Opens At Centre For French Colonial Life

Things to Do in Ste. Genevieve - CFCL war exhibit Tower

French Colonial America (FCA) unveils “Saving St. Louis,” an exhibit explaining the role of the 60 militiamen who traveled upstream and were instrumental in thwarting the British attack on May 26, 1780. The exhibit opened at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Centre for French Colonial Life.

Militia and living history specialists will be on-site for the opening and every Saturday throughout the summer.

The “Saving St. Louis” exhibit features original and reproduction weapons and equipment used in this region by both French and Native American peoples during the late 18th century.

To help visualize the story, professional photographer Ronald Rayfield recreated scenes and militia reenact the 60 Ste. Geneviève fighters at the battle.

FCA Executive Director Geoff Giglierano said, “it may come as a revelation to many visitors, even those who are familiar with the American Revolution, that the story of the Battle of St. Louis and the role played in it by citizen-soldiers from Ste. Geneviève is not as commonly known as it deserves to be.”

The Centre for French Colonial Life is the museum building and entry point for FCA’s historic campus. The campus also offers hourly guided tours of the historic Louis Bolduc House (circa 1788) and Bolduc-LeMeilleur House (circa 1820) and grounds as well as the “Hands-on History” program at the Beauvais-Linden House (circa 1820).

The campus is owned by French Colonial America, a recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit.

May 8 activities also include “Tunes, Tomahawks & Tours,” with live music, tomahawk-throwing, and activities at the Linden House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $3 cash only.

The Centre for French Colonial Life will be open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until further notice.

Admission for the exhibit is $5 per adult, $3 for children, and free to military members with an ID. The Centre for French Colonial Life is located at 198 Market Street in Ste. Geneviève, Missouri. Ample free parking is available behind the facility.

Follow The Centre for French Colonial Life & the Bolduc House’s Facebook page for further information and updates.

French Colonial America’s Gift Shop

198 Market Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

HOURS

Monday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Call us at 573-883-3105

Located inside the Centre for French Colonial Life, the French Colonial America’s Gift Shop sells carefully selected items to enhance the educational experience of the museum campus. Books, CDs, and children’s games are all available. Additionally, the shop sells branded and merchandise items with FCA’s signature trademarked logo — shirts and sweatshirts, hats, drink ware, and postcards are all available.

Plein Air Show and Sale

Following the European tradition of capturing the atmosphere of the outdoors, the region’s finest plein air painters are invited to join the realms of the famous regionalist artists of the 1930s by painting outdoors in the scenic Sainte Genevieve area. Contemporary painters will find the same French colonial buildings, Victorian commercial structures, and extensive gardens in the downtown historic district that intrigued the Art Colony artists some 80 years ago.

 

Chocolate Walk 2023

February 4, 2023

Do you love eating chocolate and shopping? Then this event is for you! Join in the delicious fun on the first Saturday in February in historic downtown Ste. Geneviève. With the purchase of a ticket, you will be able to sample a yummy chocolate treat at each participating shop while you explore the unique items for sale! Only 300 tickets are available, and they always sell out in advance.

To purchase tickets go to: downtownstegenevieve.org.

This event is sponsored by Downtown Ste. Geneviève.

Quintessential Rivertown Spice and Tea

Things to Do in Ste. Genevieve - Quintessential Rivertown Spice and Tea

195 Market Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Friday thru Monday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
314-620-8345

Quintessential Rivertown Spice and Tea has over 75 varieties of tea and over 100 different spices for you to savor! Take a break and delight in the wonderful selections available. Besides a gift shop, there is a tasting lounge. Many varieties of tea are available for purchase in single-serving sizes which you can try hot or cold, hang out and enjoy!

Christmas Store and Collectibles

282 Market Street
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Hours

Open Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Call us at 573-271-7004

Because the Christmas Store and Collectibles is open year-round, get your Christmas fix any weekend by dropping by to see what has been donated. Christmas decor and special items are available at great prices! Treasured collectibles are for sale too. Glassware, dishes, needlework, and more are waiting for you to add to your collection! 

Pat’s Pastries

123 Merchant Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Open Tuesday thru Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Open Friday and Saturday until 9:00 p.m.

Call us at 573-883-6539

Email us at patschaafpastries@gmail.com

Pat’s Pastries is an old-time small-town bakery/cafe in historic downtown Ste. Geneviève specializing in old-time baked treats and custom orders. In addition to the baked goodies, Pat’s Pastries has soups, sandwiches, and other exciting foods and a small selection of Ebb and Flow Fermentations craft beers!

Thrive Nutrition

207 Plaza Drive
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Hours

Monday thru Friday 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Call us at 314-681-8098
Email thrivenutrisionstegen@gmail.com

Healthy on-the-go shakes are available in many flavors, even Chunky Monkey at Thrive Nutrition! Come in for a breakfast or lunch shake, energy tea, cookie, or cheesecake. There is bound to be something to make you salivate at Thrive Nutrition.

Dove’s Nest

288 S Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Recently renovated Dove’s Nest is located in beautiful historic Ste. Geneviève. Dove’s Nest was built in 1907. The entire bungalow is yours during your stay. It includes 2 bedrooms (one king and one queen), a comfy living space with a gas fireplace and NetFlix, a full kitchen, laundry, and an outside picnic/grilling space.

Dove’s Nest is just a short walking distance from downtown shopping, wineries, restaurants, and bars. Historic properties are also just a stone’s throw away. People travel from all over the country to experience Ste. Geneviève and its French culture.

Tour historical buildings in the oldest permanent European settlement west of the Mississippi River
or just come and relax.

Junior Ranger Makes Ste. Geneviève Her 345th National Park Stop

Aida Frey showed off some of the Junior Ranger badges she has obtained during trips to 345 national parks as of December 29, when she stopped in Ste. Geneviève.

Aida Frey from the Chicago area visited Ste. Geneviève on December 29, 2020, making her 345th stop at a national park.

Frey is a participant in and a proponent of the NPS Junior Ranger program. Her business card calls her the “Sweetheart of the National Parks.” She posts about her travels on Facebook (Junior Ranger Aida Frey), Twitter (@jrranger) and Instagram (@juniorrangeraida). She also has a written a book, “America, Can I Have Your Autograph?”

Frey and her family stopped through Ste. Geneviève during a trip that also included three national trip stops in Texas — Big Bend National Park, Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River, and Fort Davis National Historic Site.

The Ste. Geneviève National Historical Park was established as the 422nd unit of the National Park Service on October 30, 2020. There now are 423 national park units.

With Visit To Ste. Genevieve, Kovalski Adds Another National Park To His List

Four years ago this month, Dr. Paul Kovalski completed a 30-year journey to visit all the national parks. The dentist from Marlboro, New Jersey saved for last a park in his home state — Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. It was his 413th different national park.

Dr. Paul Kovalski posed with Mickey Koetting on the porch of the Guibourd-Valle House before Koetting led a tour of the 1806 home, one of the historic structures open for touring in Ste. Genevieve.

The National Park Service keeps adding parks, however, and Kovalski keeps traveling.

On Thursday, December 17, he visited Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park, the second-newest unit in the National Park Service system — No. 422. (The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument was established as the 423rd unit on December 10.)

Kovalski, who also volunteers many hours per year at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, brought to Ste.Genevieve some items from that park as well as other national parks he has visited. While he rates Glacier National Park as tops on his list, he thought the story of St. Croix Island, founded in 1604 as one of the first settlements of New France, would be of interest to Ste. Genevieve history buffs.

While in Ste. Genevieve, Kovalski toured the Guibourd-Valle House operated by the Foundation for Restoration. He also visited the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center; the National Park Service headquarters at the Jean-Baptiste Valle House; and the Green Tree Tavern, which is owned by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources but has been legislatively approved for transfer to the National Park Service.

Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park was established on October 30, 2020. It includes the Jean-Baptiste Valle House on South Main Street and the Bauvais-Amoureux House on St. Mary’s Road. The National Park Service is working with the city of Ste. Genevieve to jointly operate the Welcome Center, which also has been approved for transfer to the National Park Service.

Since establishment, the park has attracted visitors interested in having their National Park Service passport books stamped. Also among the visitors so far is David Kroese, an author who chronicled his visits to all the national parks in his book, The Centennial: A Journey through America’s National Parks System.

Rollin on The River Bike Rental llc

291 Merchant Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Hours

Open Wednesday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Call or email to make an appointment.

Call us at 573-330-4105
Email at frewil1969@hotmail.com

Ste. Geneviève’s premier bike rental! Rent a bicycle to tour beautiful Ste. Geneviève or stop in to buy a t-shirt, pet treat, or home décor item. Visit the historic homes. Ride to the Ferry Landing to see the Mississippi River. Stop by the Welcome Center for information on bike routes.

Credit Card/Photo ID required.

Iron Gate Cottage

52 N Third Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

This quaint cottage is located in historic downtown Ste. Geneviève and within walking distance of historic sites, restaurants, and shops. In half an hour you can be visiting our beautiful wine country and hiking spots.

This property includes a full house with all the amenities needed. 1 bedroom and extra sleeping options are available in the common space for a total of 4 guests.

Blue Cottage

256 Market Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Explore the streets of Ste. Geneviève right outside of this 2-bed, 1-bath cottage! With museums, historical sites, and restaurants within walking distance and state parks and vineyards within a short drive, this home invites you to easily experience the area’s rich culture and scenic outdoors.

After long vacation days, enjoy some local cuisine or whip up a meal in this vacation rental’s full kitchen. Look forward to a memorable, laid-back getaway during your stay at Blue Cottage.

Crown Country Lodging

13600 State Route F
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 1-866-207-9463

Four different types of accommodations are available through Crown Country Lodging. Coffman House is a renovated early 1900s country store. Both Brewhouse and Moonshine House are within walking distance of Crown Brewing and Distilling Co. And the Vineyard House invites guests to revel in the serenity of Crown Country.

Rent the whole house or just one room with access to the living areas.

Baetje Farms Lodging

8932 Jackson School Road
Bloomsdale, MO 63627
Airbnb Website
Call us at 573.483.9021

Welcome to the Luxury Tiny Homes at Baetje Farms, where comfort meets countryside. These homes will awaken your senses and enlighten your soul with the cozy, yet spacious intimate feel beneath the stars. Just 3 miles off Interstate-55 at the entrance to wine country, in Bloomsdale, MO, Baetje Farms is home to a World Renowned Artisan Goat cheese.

Drawing inspiration from our rich French country heritage, these luxurious suites are sure to impress! Features include white planked oak floors, shiplap walls, white marble tiled bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows with flowing curtains, pops of color, and charming chic décor throughout.

Accommodating up to 17 guests across all 5 tiny homes, you will have your choice of four romantic 1-bedroom suites or one large two-story that sleeps 9 comfortably. Each home has its very own on-suite with wet bar, refrigerator, Keurig, and microwave.

Sneak away as two for the weekend or rent out all the tiny homes for an intimate weekend among friends and family. There is not a detail forgotten! The farm is your perfect place to stay.

Reaching Halfway Point Between Eclipses

Monday, December 14, 2021 marks 1,211 days since the Great American Eclipse of 2017, and 1,211 days to the next total solar eclipse for Ste. Geneviève — on April 8, 2024.

A solar eclipse did take place on Monday, December 14, 2021 and it was viewable in Argentina and Chile in South America.

A photo of the 2017 solar eclipse taken
in downtown Ste. Geneviève.

Ste. Geneviève was included in the path of totality on August 21, 2017 — the first time that was the case since perhaps the 1400s.

The St. Louis area had not previously been on the centerline for a total solar eclipse since 1442, and St. Louis won’t be on the centerline for the 2024 eclipse.

The 2024 centerline will cross the United States from Texas to the northeast. The north edge of the centerline will not extend as far up as Festus but it will include Ste. Geneviève County.

As the northern end of the centerline, Ste. Geneviève will have about 2 minutes of totality; Cape Girardeau will have about 4 minutes as the midpoint of the centerline.

Ste. Geneviève had more than 2 1/2 minutes of totality in 2017 by being at the midpoint of the centerline and near the point of longest duration in Southern Illinois.

In 2017, Ste. Geneviève hosted a one-day musical festival leading into the eclipse event, and a viewing event took place at the Ste. Geneviève County Community Center.

For more information on the 2024 eclipse, click here.

Forbes magazine had a story about the halfway as well.

Ste. Geneviève Art Center & Museum

DuBourg Place and Merchant Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Call us at 573.535.9833

Hours

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Ste. Geneviève Art Center features displays on the county’s rich art history and art by local artists. The center, home to the Ste. Geneviève Art Guild, offers art classes, workshops, and other events. Come in and browse the impressive displays!

Sassafras Creek Cabin

St. Marys Road
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

This historic log cabin circa 1840 was moved to this property in June 2020. Take a step back in time with furniture and decor to match the cabin’s time period. Located between two houses in the newly formed Ste. Geneviève National Historical Park and within walking distance to downtown and other historic tourist sites.

Adjoins Early American gift shop called Sassafras Creek Originals which is housed in the circa 1850 Brooks house.

Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park Established

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and U.S. Representative Jason Smith on Friday [October 30] announced that U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt has completed the final step to formally establish the Ste. Geneviève National Historical Park.

Blunt and Smith led the legislation, which was signed into law in March 2018, to establish the Ste. Geneviève National Historical Park and designate it as a unit of the National Park System.

This is the first National Historical Park to be established in Missouri.

View the complete news release from Senator Blunt’s office here.

To view the release from the Department of the Interior, click here.

Click here for story from the Daily Journal.

Le Technique Salon & Day Spa

73 North Main
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-2557
Call in advance to make an appointment.

BUSINESS HOURS

Monday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays

Le Techniques is a beautiful salon & day spa located in the heart of downtown Ste. Geneviève. It offers personalized hair services and spa treatments in a friendly and relaxing environment. Services include hair, nails, massages, facials, eyelash extensions, make-up application, facial waxing, and body waxing. Call to make an appointment!

Baetje Farms Shop

8932 Jackson School Road
Bloomsdale, MO 63627

Call us at 573-483-9021
Check-in advance for open hours.

For a one-of-a-kind wine and cheese tasting experience, visit Baetje Farms.

Baetje Farms is open to the public Monday through Thursday and often on Sundays. Please check our website for updates.

While you are there, feed the goats and then feed yourself award-winning goat cheese for a truly memorable experience!

 

Annual Ste. Geneviève Militia Encampment

Saturday, September 10, 2022

History comes alive in Ste. Geneviève with the annual Encampment, an 18th-century re-enactment event.

The Encampment is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center for French Colonial Life.

The living history camp will include children’s games, colonial skills demonstrations and colonial crafts and trades such as gun building, chair seat weaving, spinning, leatherwork, and more.

The event is free and is children- and family-friendly.

The Encampment is sponsored by the Ste. Geneviève Militia, Inc, a member of Seven Years’ War, Inc., with support provided by the Ste. Geneviève County Community Foundation and the Ste. Geneviève Welcome Center.

For information, contact Doug Nickelson at dnickelson78@yahoo.com.

Masquerade on Main

183 North Main
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
573-535-9056 Call for admittance.

In Masquerade on Main, visitors can strike a pose or take a selfie at one of several creative scenes.

Take pictures in, on, and around these current scenes: an old-timey scene, a Goth / Cathedral scene, a saloon, a pirate ship, steampunk, Day of the Dead / Voodoo / Halloween, a sparkly Forest, a cemetery, and a brick wall.

Pose in either in your street clothes ($1), with props ($5), or in the hundreds of costumes for men women, and children ($20). There are no set hours yet, but call to get in at almost any time.

Octane Tour Impressed With Drive Through Ste. Genevieve

The Daily Journal published a story about the Octane Tour’s visit to Southeast Missouri during the weekend of September 11 to September 13, 2020.

The tour attracts dozens of car enthusiasts in the St. Louis area for weekend getaway drives. This year’s drive featured Ste. Geneviève County and its wine country.

Several classic cars stopped in Ste. Genevieve on Friday, September 11, and parked at downtown parking lots.

Organizer Matt Burcham was impressed with Ste. Geneviève, telling the Daily Journal:

“The response that the Ste. Geneviève businesses had with us coming into town was crazy. Everybody had handmade signs welcoming the Octane Tour.

“Some people had even made up some dash plaques and handed them out to us and other people met us, and it was really cool. All these people were taking pictures of these signs and putting them on Facebook. It was nice to see the area wanted us here. We want to try and patronize these places as we can.”

Professional Disc Golf Association Event Comes To Pere Marquette Park

Ste. Genevieve’s Pere Marquette Park hosted a Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned tournament on Sunday (August 23).
The Pere Marquette Open, which teed off at 9 a.m., was the first tournament of its kind in Ste. Genevieve. Competitors played 36 holes. Categories included open, advanced, intermediate, recreational and junior. Professionals in the open division competed for prize money.

Summer Showcase Puts Ste. Geneviève’s Variety In Spotlight

August 2020

A number of programs will be taking place in Ste. Geneviève the weekend of August 14 to August 16 as part of the first Summer Showcase. Local residents and visitors both are encouraged to enjoy what the region has to offer … and to practice social-distancing and take safeguards to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The showcase is an opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy activities at the historic downtown attractions and the community center campus. Shops and restaurants also may have special events and sales taking place this weekend. Many of the events are outside, allowing for social distancing practices. For instance, the downtown walking tour series that began in early June will continue this weekend and include two evening tours.

A National Park Service ranger led a recent walking tour in Ste. Geneviève’s downtown historic district this summer. The National Park Service has worked in cooperation with Missouri State Parks, the Foundation for Restoration and French Colonial America to offer a variety of free, themed walking tours on weekends this summer. The tours will be part of the Summer Showcase schedule.Walking tours are set for 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

The tours are offered by the National Park Service, Missouri State Parks, the Foundation for Restoration, and French Colonial America. The tours cover about one-half mile in the downtown and take 30 to 45 minutes.

Among the highlights of the tours this weekend: the evening tour on Friday features Ste. Genevieve’s historically documented scandals, while the Saturday evening tour talks about life in Ste. Genevieve from cradle to grave and focuses on the Church of Ste. Genevieve and Missouri’s oldest organized cemetery. Saturday morning is the debut of a tour focusing on natural disasters.

The tours offer an alternative for those who want to experience Ste. Genevieve’s history without going into the buildings, though those are open as well.

The Guibourd-Valle House (1 N. Fourth St.) will have an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday.

Ste. Genevieve’s German Band, a division of the Municipal Band, will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the corner of Main and Merchant streets as part of the Saturdays in Ste. Genevieve series.

French Colonial America will have a tomahawk-throwing competition on Saturday. Entry is included with $2 admission to the Linden Hands-On History House (125 S. Main St.). Prizes will be awarded in various divisions. Activities on the French Colonial America campus also will include outdoor games from the colonial period in the yards of the Bolduc and LeMeilleur houses.

French Colonial America also will have a free croquet course and yard games at the Bolduc House and a free exhibit and bread-making demonstration at the Centre for French Colonial Life.

The Ste. Genevieve Milice will be stationed in downtown for a living history exhibit.

The Guibourd-Valle House will be serving tea and lemonade in its garden on Saturday.

Saturday also will see food trucks in downtown, with Kenny’s Flipping Burgers from 2 to 6 p.m., and Luna’s Shaved Ice from 4 to 6 p.m. along Market Street near the intersection of Second Street.

River Rapids Waterpark at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center will be open until 9 p.m. on Saturday (August 15) and offering discounted rates as part of the Ste. Genevieve Summer Showcase.

The state-of-the-art River Rapids Waterpark on Progress Parkway will help cap the day with a rare night-time swimming event. The waterpark, which opened in July of 2019, will stay open until 9 p.m. and will offer twilight rates after 4 p.m.

Among the businesses that have announced plans for the weekend:

— Lewsi Winery (57 N. Main St.) will feature artists on Friday and Saturday during its regular hours from 2 to 6 p.m. Suzanne Thompson will demonstrate “enhanced pointillism” on Friday and answer questions while social distancing. Brenda Thompson will paint on Saturday and field questions from visitors.

— Sassafras Creek Originals (311 St. Mary’s Road) will be offer make-and-take Moravian Stars every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

— Sweet Things Sweet Shop (242 Market St.) will host the Ste, Genevieve Stompers dance group for 15-minute performances at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

— Music Art Love (199 N. Main St.) will host an acoustic night with Brianna Moore at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 15. The cover charge is $5.

— ASL Pewter Foundry (183 S. Third St.) will feature artist/jeweler Patti Zieche-Davisson on Saturday and Sunday.

— Harold’s Famous Bee Co. (234 Market St.) will be celebrating its 1-year anniversary with various promotions from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

— The artists of Silver Sycamore Gallery of Fine Art (302 Market St.) will be in the gallery during business hours, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

The Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Concert Series will conclude on Friday with Chattahoochee, a tribute to country music star Alan Jackson. The performance at the Orris Theatre begins at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the chamber’s website (stegenchamber.org).

For car enthusiasts, there are two events on Saturday night.

The Gear HeadZ car club of Ste. Genevieve will host their monthly car cruise event on Third Street between Market and Merchant, The free event takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. All cars, trucks and bikes are welcome.

The Ste. Genevieve Racing Series will have its bi-weekly racing event on Saturday at the Ste. Genevieve County Fairgrounds. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for the grandstand.

Businesses and organizations in Ste. Genevieve have adopted precautions with regard to preventing the spread of the coronavirus, and the county has maintained a low level of active cases since the pandemic began. Masks are encouraged, as is social distancing and frequent hand-washing. Some businesses do require masks and/or limit the number of visitors.

For more updated information on the activities or businesses, contact the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center at 800-373-7007 or visit the VisitSteGen Facebook page.

(*Updated — The Luau on Main and the Movie Under the Stars have been canceled.)

STE. GENEVIEVE SUMMER SHOWCASE

LIST OF EVENTS

Friday, August 14

10:30 a.m. — Walking Tour: Creating a Creole Way of Life, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Silver Sycamore artists will be on site at their gallery, 302 Market St.

2 to 6 p.m. — Artist Suzanne Thompson at Lewsi Winery, 57 N. Main St.

4 to 6 p.m. — Open house at Guibourd-Valle House, 1 N. Fourth St.

6 p.m. — Walking Tour: Ste. Genevieve’s Historically Documented Scandals, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

8 p.m. — Concert: Chattahoochee, a tribute to Alan Jackson, part of the Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce Summer Music Series, at the Orris Theatre, 265 Merchant Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission $20 per person.

Saturday, August 15

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Make and Take Moravian Star, every hour at Sassafras Creek, 311 St. Mary’s Road.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Yard games (croquet, petanque, and more) in the yards of the Bolduc House/Bolduc-LeMeilleur House.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — ASL Pewter Foundry, 183 S. Third St., will feature artist/jeweler Patti Zieche-Davisson.

10:30 a.m. — Walking Tour: Natural Disasters, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — German Band performance at the pergola, Main and Merchant streets.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Tomahawk-throwing contest at Hands-On House, 125 S. Main St.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Silver Sycamore artists will be on site at their gallery, 302 Market St.

Noon to 5 p.m. — Tea and lemonade in the garden of the Guibourd-Valle House, 1 N. Fourth St.

1:30 p.m. — Ste. Genevieve Stompers clogging dancers, at Sweet Things Sweet Shop, 242 Market St.

2 to 6 p.m. — Food truck: Kenny’s Flipping Burgers on Market Street, between Main and Second streets.

2 to 6 p.m. — Artist Brenda Thompson at Lewsi Winery, 57 N. Main St.

3 p.m. — Ste. Genevieve Stompers clogging dancers, at Sweet Things Sweet Shop, 242 Market St.

4 to 6 p.m. — Food truck: Luna’s Shaved Ice, on Market Street, between Main and Second streets.

4 to 9 p.m. — Twilight Swim at River Rapids Waterpark. (Twilight rates are $2 off daily rates: $5 for 62 and over, $6 for ages 13 to 61; $5 for ages 3 to 12; and free for under 2.)

5 to 9 p.m. — Ste. Genevieve Gear HeadZ car cruise, on Third Street between Market and Merchant streets.

6 p.m. — Walking Tour: Cradle to Grave, departing from the Guibourd-Valle House, 1 N. Fourth St.

6:30 p.m. — Ste. Genevieve County Racing Series, at Ste. Genevieve County Fairgrounds, Grandstand opens at 5 p.m.; hot laps at 5:30 p.m., $3 admission to grandstand.

7 p.m. — Concert: Brianna Moore, at Music Art Love, 199 N. Main St., $5 admission.

Sunday, August 16

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — ASL Pewter Foundry, 183 S. Third St., will feature artist/jeweler Patti Zieche-Davisson.

10:30 a.m. — Walking Tour: Enlightened Women of Ste. Genevieve, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

11:30 a.m. — Walking Tour: The Story of Pelagie Amoureaux, from the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center, 66 S. Main St.

1 to 3 p.m. — Live music at Music Art Love, 199 N. Main St.

Dairy Queen

18575 Highway 32
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670 

Call us at 573-883-9800

Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Dairy Queen is an American chain of soft serve ice cream and fast-food restaurants

Subway

725 Ste. Geneviève Dr. (HWY 61)
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-5330

Hours

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Subway is an American multi-national fast food restaurant franchise that primarily sells submarine sandwiches (subs), wraps, salads and beverages.

McDonald’s

706 Ste. Geneviève Dr. (HWY 61)
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-883-2271

Open Daily 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

McDonald’s (MCD) is a fast food, limited service restaurant  known for its hamburgers and french fries, with more than 35,000 restaurants in over 100 countries.

Slice of Heaven

996 Market Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Slice of Heaven is only a short walk to restaurants, museums, old-time ice cream shoppe, boutiques, and bars. Ste. Geneviève is known for its amazing wineries. The Trolley is available for pick up right from the driveway!

Slice of Heaven is super modern and clean, with tons of beautiful antiques from clawfoot tub, 1800 sink, old radio with Alexa inside, vanity, desk & much more. The bedroom has a queen-size bed. The living room welcomes you with a comfy couch(no pullout), WiFi, antique desk, tv, Netflix, and Alexa.

In the bathroom enjoy a claw foot tub, rain shower, towel warmer, towels, & exclusive Heavenly Hair products. The kitchen features stainless appliances, a dishwasher, stove, and refrigerator. Dishes, cookware, washer & dryer are included as is breakfast (for you to make).

Luna’s Shaved Ice

21561 Highway 32
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
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Open Seasonally from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Luna’s Shaved Ice has the fluffiest shaved ice around and features all-natural syrups, hand-dipped ice cream for shaved ice sundaes, and fresh fruit toppings!

Music Art Love

199 N. Main St
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 954-805-5992

Hours

Wednesday thru Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Music Art Love is an eclectic gallery of art, decor, and music. They host a variety of events from live music to art classes, featured artist receptions, open mics, exercise classes, acting workshops, inspirational talks, and more.

Guests may bring their own coffee or glass of wine from local establishments and play musical instruments, play games, read in-store books, and of course, buy that unique one-of-a-kind item!

It’s a wonderful way to experience the creative scene that’s unique to Ste. Geneviève! Check for event postings on Music Art Love’s Facebook and Website.

Most Beautiful Town, Editor’s Choice

RURAL MISSOURI

Established in the 1740s, Ste. Geneviève was the first European settlement in Missouri, and much of its historic charm and ambiance is due to the remarkable preservation of the original French colonial settlement. Its narrow streets and fenced gardens surround dome of the most significant 18th century architecture in the nation.

Hands-On History at the Linden House

116 S. Main St
Ste. Geneviève MO 63670
573-880-4123

Hours

Open Saturdays 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., May thru September.

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 schoolroom. Throw a tomahawk* or use a bow and arrow in the yard, and so much more! *Age 8+, close-toed shoes required.

Bolduc & LeMeilleur Houses

Entry at 198 Market St
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Call us at 573.883.3105

Hours

Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 P.M.

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

Tickets for tours are available at the bottom of most hours and may be purchased at the campus gift shop inside the Centre for French Colonial Life.

Adult/$10, Student/$5, free to the military with I.D. Available to student and adult groups as well.

Call to schedule a group tour.

The Sainte Geneviève Museum Learning Center

360 Market Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Call us at 573-883-3466

Hours

Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Check stegenmuseum.org for Holiday Hours

The Sainte Geneviève Museum Learning Center has Guy Darrough’s impressive dinosaur replicas in the Hall of Giants. See the progress on the Missouri dinosaur currently being excavated at the Official Missouri Dinosaur Visitor Site.  Visit the Ancient Cultures Gallery and the Ste. Genevieve History Gallery.  Get hands on with the exhibits and bring the whole family.

Common Grounds

10 S 3rd Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Call us at 573-880-7092
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Hours

Tuesday thru Friday 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Common Grounds is a unique Coffee House that employs special needs individuals, giving them the feeling of independence while giving the customers smiles. They serve various coffees and hot beverages as well as pastries, salads, and light sandwiches.

Silo Farm Haus

Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

The Silo Farm Haus is centrally located in the heart of wine country. This beautiful property is tucked away on a portion of a 200-acre farm, just minutes from 9 local wineries, breweries, and an award-winning restaurant.

The Silo Farm Haus boasts nearly 800 square feet of a truly unique, roundhouse experience! An upstairs, spacious loft features a queen-size bed that sleeps 2. Downstairs features a full-size eat-in kitchen. You will find all the items you need if you wish to prepare a meal.

Just off the kitchen is a cozy living room with plenty of comfortable seating including a loveseat that folds out to a futon, a rocker recliner chair, an accent chair, and a custom-made bench for two! An air mattress can accommodate 2 additional guests to sleep in the living room downstairs.

There is one bathroom located downstairs with a full-size shower, plenty of towels, a hairdryer, and luxury toiletries for you to enjoy during your stay. A laundry room with a large washer and dryer and iron are included making this Silo a complete home away from your home!

Funks Inn

Located near Bloomsdale, MO
Call us at 314-471-9478
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Christian Funk built this stone house in 1870 as a family farm home. It has been remodeled for its use today but is historically correct including antiques of the time, and post-Civil War era furniture. Although the beds are antique, bedding and towels are all new. There are 3 bedrooms that sleep 6, plus 1 full and 1 half bath. The quaint kitchen includes a dishwasher. Also on site is a pool table and washer/drier. Funks Inn is located near Bloomsdale just north of historic Ste. Geneviève Missouri.

Lavender Moon / Crone’s Cupboard

34 S 3rd Street Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Call us at 573-535-0074

Winter Store business hours:

Monday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday until Spring!

At Lavender Moon / Crone’s Cupboard, custom-made blends of essential oils for your personal needs are created by a Registered Aromatherapist with 20 years of experience.

You will find lip moisturizers, bath salts, teas, herbs, lotions, creams, cleaning products, infusions, extracts, and of course Metaphysical supplies and products, i.e. goddess oils, Chakra kits and so much more!

Many products are made from the ingredients of Mother Earth, providing you with the highest quality essential oils to help you achieve your needs!

Schedule a personal consultation today.

Bauman’s Hillside Hideaway

14789 Leroy Drive
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

The Bauman’s Hillside Hideaway is a spacious, amenity-rich, rustic home in a private/wooded setting in Ste. Geneviève County. This property is only 7 miles from historic downtown Ste. Geneviève and only a 7 to 15-mile drive through rolling hills to wine country.

It can comfortably sleep 11 guests in its bedrooms (2 kings, 2 queens, one room with 2 twins, one of which has a trundle). It also has 3 roll-away beds and 2 full-size baby beds that can be put in some of the larger bedrooms and/or in common areas.

There are 3.5 baths. This exceptional hideaway features a 40’ private in-ground heated swimming pool, hot tub, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, pool table, Ping-Pong table, darts, washers, and endless indoor/outdoor activities.

River Rapids Waterpark

1301 Progress Parkway
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Call us at 573.883.5244

River Rapids Water Park has daily and seasonal memberships available. This amazing facility includes several tubular tall water slides. The lazy river offers a relaxing float around the park. A 6-lane lap pool features a zip line, climbing ropes, and a diving board. An exciting kids’ play area has 30 different activities to enjoy. Come for a splashing good time!

Mecker Research Library

198 South 2nd Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
573-883-9622
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The Mecker Research Library was founded to provide a central location for materials concerning the historic Ste. Geneviève District and the surrounding region. This is a non-circulating library open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., other times by appointment.

It contains resources for researchers studying French American Colonial History, the Ste. Geneviève District, and the mid–Mississippi Valley region as well as indexes of related historic written materials available at public institutions in the region.

The Mecker Library also maintains files to identify private sources of information that are helpful to persons researching the history of the region. Mecker Library maintains a Speakers Bureau presenting informative presentations on the area, its people, and customs at no cost for nonprofit organizations.

Harold’s Famous Bee Co.

234 Market Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Call us at 800-748-9810

Hours

Open 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday thru Friday.  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

Harold’s Famous Bee Co. carries a line of honey for sampling and for purchase. Different local honey suppliers are also featured weekly. In addition, they carry a variety of products using ingredients harvested from the honey bee.

Their flagship product, Harold’s Famous Bee Cream, is the only patent-approved formulation that harnesses the healthy benefits of honey bee venom to effectively soothe joints, muscles, and dry, rough skin.

Harold’s unique method of venom extraction causes no harm to bees. Besides honey and their signature cream, lip balm and facial creams are available. Check out their honey ice creams and meads!

Iggy’s Pop Shop

233 Merchant Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Call us at 573-880-7075

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Hours

Monday, Wed, and Thursday 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday-Sunday 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Comics, Gaming, Events, and Everything Pop Culture! Explore this gaming and comics center!

Audubon’s Walk

June 11, 2022

Saturday during the French Heritage Festival atop Urban Levee
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
Call us at 573-883-7097 or 800-373-7007

The famed ornithologist John James Audubon lived for a short time in Ste. Geneviève. Audubon’s Walk is a naturalist lead hike atop the Ste. Geneviève Urban Levee. Come see what shows up: cliff swallows, horned larks, red-winged blackbird, eastern bluebird, and more!

Brewhouse

13600 State Route F
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
1-866-207-9463

Within walking distance of Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. sits Crown Country’s two-story, split-level accommodation, the Brewhouse. It is one of the four properties of Crown Country Lodging.

The Brewhouse is the upper level. Guests can enjoy an outdoor covered porch, living room, and kitchen with a dining room table. Bathrooms are in the hallway. The whole house rental includes 8 bedrooms (3 queens, 4 full beds, 1 twin) that sleep 15 and 4 bathrooms. Or you may just rent a room.

Includes free Wi-Fi, cable, a barbeque grill, and access to a fishing pond with a pier.

Moonshine House

13600 State Route F
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670
1-866-207-9463

Within walking distance of Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co. sits Crown Country’s two-story, split-level accommodation, the Moonshine House. It is one of the four properties of Crown Country Lodging.

The lower level is Moonshine House. Guests can enjoy an outdoor covered porch, living room, and kitchen with a dining room table. Bathrooms are off the hallway. Moonshine House is handicap accessible.

The whole house rental includes 7 bedrooms (3 queens, 4 full beds) that sleep 14 and 5 bathrooms. Or you may just rent a room.  Includes free Wi-Fi & cable, a barbeque grill, and access to a fishing pond with a pier.

Norah’s Nest & Breakfast

198 N Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Norah’s Nest & Breakfast is located within walking distance of Historic Downtown Ste. Geneviève. This bohemian-style apartment features a living room and kitchenette downstairs and two bedrooms with queen size beds and one bathroom upstairs. There is also a small courtyard for fresh air and people watching.

Cozy Haven

296 S Main Street
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

Cozy Haven is located near the Ste. Geneviève Historic District, shops, restaurants, and wineries. Cozy Haven is a cottage with one bedroom that can sleep up to four people. Pets up to 20 pounds are welcome as well.

It includes a full kitchen, an outside barbeque area, WiFi, and Smart TV.

Little Bit of Whimsy

Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

This rustic, peaceful setting is just minutes away from the Ste. Geneviève Historic District, shops, wineries, and restaurants. A Little Bit of Whimsy is totally separate from the home above with a private entrance.

It includes one bedroom with two beds, accommodating up to three guests. The living space has a mini-fridge, microwave, and Keurig for your use.

Yellow Cottage

363 St. Marys Road
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

The Yellow Cottage is near the Ste. Geneviève Historic District as well as its shops and restaurants. This 1895 cottage features high, wood-paneled ceilings as well as original windows and trim. While the house is vintage it has the modern comforts for sleeping, bathing, and cooking with WiFi for Internet connectivity.

The front porch has 2 chairs for a relaxing view of the “The Big Field.”

Type Inn

619 St. Marys Road
Ste. Geneviève, MO 63670

This 1950’s bungalow is close to the Ste. Geneviève Historic District as well as shops and restaurants. Type Inn is charming with handmade quilts, a green tub, original art, and antique typewriters, some of which you can try out!

All are welcome (including furry friends) to enjoy its spacious views and cozy comfort.