Sainte Genevieve Travel Guide
Another view Great River Road...
Visitor Center or Welcome Center
This is where the early pioneers were buried. But some of the old stones are hard to read. When we were there, some of the stones were broken and lying on the ground and some had been repaired in in-appropriate ways.This land was originally given to the 'Catholic Citizens'...
Great River Road Interpretive and Welcome Center
We went to the Welcome Center and saw the short video film, but most of the buildings are closed in the winter.Hours: Everyday from 9a.m.-5p.m. Afterward we drove around town and I took photos of the outside of the buildings.
For Background Information, Visit the Museum
Before you delve into the house tours, shopping, and photo taking, stop by the Ste. Genevieve Museum. It contains many different collections of local memorabilia. You can see prehistoric and historic Indian relics, Spanish land grants, old documents, and artifacts from...
Missouri's New Wine Country
The brochures say, "The history of winemaking in Ste. Genevieve County is long and rich. French settlers in the 1700s found the calcium-rich limestone soils, rolling hillsides and temperate climate to be very conducive to the craft of winemaking. German immigrants in the...
Felix Valle House State Historic Site
Built in 1818, it was the home of Felix & Odile Pratte Valle; they were from one of Ste. Genevieve's premier colonial families.Jill and I saw this on our first visit to Ste. Genevieve and feel lucky to have had as our tour guide, Art Papin, who has lived in Ste. Genevieve...
Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church
The present Catholic Church with its towering spire began construction in 1876 and was completed in 1880. However, the original Catholic church was built of VERTICAL LOGS in the 1750s at the town's first location close to the Mississippi River. In 1794 that log structure was...
Olde Towne Cafe: Marvelous Homemade Meals In A Lovely Setting
The second time that Jill and I visited Ste. Genevieve, we ate lunch at the Olde Towne Cafe owned and operated by Chris Armstrong & Jean Johnson.They specialize in Soups, Sandwiches, Salads, Quiches, and Desserts. They also offer a Coffee Bar and Specialty drinks.You can...
Sara's Ice Cream & Antiques: Homemade Drumsticks is Ambrosia to Us
I had read about the delicious ice cream at Sara's Ice Cream and Antiques, so when Jill and I went to Ste. Genevieve the first time, I insisted that we go there. It's a REAL old fashioned ice cream store with a SODA FOUNTAIN. Jill ordered a phosphate (which she remembered...
The Anvil: Riverboat history
Small restaurant with a bit of riverboat history. Very good meals. Friendly service.
A local dish, German Liver Dumplings. Sound terrible but they are really good. You can order them as a side dish (they would probably even bring out a "taste" if you ask). I get 3 sides and...
Ste. Genevieve Ferry aka Little Rock Ferry
The Mississippi is a big river in this area, and there are limited bridges. Ferries are an optional alternative. There are six ferries in this area of the Mississippi, and the Ste. Genevieve-Modoc Ferry is one of them. Follow N. Main Street about 1 1/2 miles from the Historic District of Ste. Genevieve to the Little Rock Landing on the Mississippi River. The Modoc Landing is accessible from IL-3 and IL-155 in Randolph County on the Illinois side. The ferry runs during daylight hours approximately every fifteen minutes and a fee is charged. Last I looked it was $20 round-trip per vehicle (passengers included in the price)
Note: ferries might not be operating due to flood conditions or ice. Call to check
Although this is a car ferry, I couldn't get Bob to try it. We used a bridge
The other ferries are Calhoun County, IL; Canton, MO, Grafton, IL and Dorena,Missouri to Hickman,Kentucky
Updated Oct 4, 2012
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Shopping in Ste. Genevieve: Shoppers Beware! You'll Become Addicted to
This village is made for shoppers. Market, Merchant, Main, and Third Streets are filled with shops, restaurants, and Places to Stay.HIDDEN TREASURES28 South Main(573)883-7216At this darling gift Shop, Jill and I purchased Italian Charm Watches and some new charms.InKleined...
Sainte Genevieve Winery: High Quality Wine in a Small Missouri Village
In the French Colonial Historical District in Ste. Genevieve stands a large red brick home that serves as both a Bed and Breakfast (upstairs) and a Wine Shop (downstairs). IThe home was established in 1909, and the Winery was established in 1984; it is the oldest winery in...
Tear Stained Eye
St. Genevieve, a National Historical Landmark, was recently included as one of the 11 most endangered places in the nation by the National Trust for Historic Preservation because of the flood danger.
The original Ste. Genevieve was the first European settlement in what is now Missouri.
Located on the riverbank south of the present site, the town was wiped out in the spring of 1785 when the Mississippi burst its banks in a terrible flood. Still known as L'anne des grandes eaux (the year of the great waters), the 1785 flood inundated the village to its rooftops. Villagers began moving two miles north to Nouvelle Ste. Genevieve (or Les petites cotes, "the little hills,").
However it is not yet out of danger. These poles by the stream have high water marks on them up to 49.7 feet which was in 1993
There's even been a song written about it.
The song "Tear Stained Eye," deals with the 1993 flood. St. Genevieve, on the
Mississippi about 70 miles south of St. Louis, is a French settlement that dates
from the early 1700's. It's oldest homes are of significant historical importance
as they are built with the wood/logs that make up the walls sitting vertically.
It is the largest collection of such buildings in the U.S. Most of the town survived
the 1993 flood.
Can you deny there's nothing greater
Nothing more than the traveling hands of time
St. Genevieve can hold back the water
But saints don't bother with a tear-stained eye
St. Genevieve cannot afford to pay the 25% of the cost for the Corps of Engineers to build a levee to protect the town.
Written Feb 4, 2008
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Ste. Genevieve's Historic Memorial Cemetery
If you are into history, families, and geneology as I am and Jill even moreso, then you would enjoy going to visit the Ste. Genevieve Historic Memorial Cemetery.
It dates from the 1780's, and most of the founders of Ste. Genevieve are buried here.
It's always interesting, I think, to examine the styles of gravestones, the amount of information carved into the headstone, and to imagine what the lives of the people were like.
West of FifthStreet between Mefferson and Merchant streets.
Updated Jun 6, 2005
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One of the ways that people can find out about the history of a place is to wander in old cemeteries. Memorial Cemetery is known as Missouri's 'oldest' cemetery.One of the people buried in Memorial Cemetery in Ste. Genevieve is Lewis Linn. Linn studied medicine and served in...
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...
Tour the Historic Landmarks of Ste. Genevieve
If you love history, architecture, and restoration, then you will be so excited to visit wonderful Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.Before you start a tour, be sure to stop by the Great River Road Interpretive Center Tourist Information Office which is located on the corner of...
Explore Deeper into Sainte Genevieve
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