The second time that Jill and I visited Ste. Genevieve, we visited the Bolduc House, a National Historic Landmark which was built about 1785 by Louis Bolduc. He used some timbers from the owner's earlier home located in the original village of Ste. Genevieve.
The woman who took us on the tour was a real history buff, and her enthusiasm was so contagious. She told us that this home is owned by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, a private organization. It represents the French Colonial period. She went into detail about the construction of this home. The structure's VERTICAL-LOG WALLS are "mortised into massive sills that rest on a limestone foundation (a poteaux-sur-sole construction).
The home has a double pitched hip roof that is supported by a series of heavy oak timbers that constitute a Norman truss system.
We were told that the Bolduc House is thought to be the first most authentically restored Creole house in the nation. It has been accurately restored with original 18th century furnishings, living quarters, and stockade fence (Settlers built fortress-like fences made of cedar to keep free-roaming cattle from trampling the gardens; they also served as protection from the Osage Indians).
It also has an 18th century French herb garden and a grape arbor. The greatest thing about this tour was the woman who conducted it. She brought it to life, telling us that the Bolduc House is a "architectural treasure".
The gift shop was also delightful, and the tour guide and Jill talked about the " Quimper faience".
I loved the gardens and the fact that we could spend as much time in them as possible. I also enjoyed seeing the original kitchen (Bake House) which was built away from the home for fear of fire. It is made of stone with a huge hearth; today it is used to work with the herbs that come from the lovely herb gardens.
Another great feature is the Covered Well. It was the first Covered Well that I have seen.