Community On the Mississippi

Established by 1750, Ste. Genevieve was the first permanent European settlement in Missouri. Early French Canadian settlers were drawn here by the rich agricultural land known as Le Grand Champ (the Big Field).  After the flood of 1785, the town relocated to its present location on higher ground approximately three miles to the northwest of its original site.

Illustration of activity in the town of Sainte Genevieve. People are gathering in a dirt road.

History & Culture

Aquaint yourself with the French colonial settlement in the Illinois Country.

The Jean Baptiste Valle house from a side view with a big, brown tree to the side.

Welcome to Ste. Geneviève

Ste. Geneviève National Historical Park was established as a unit of the National Park Service on October 30, 2020.

Wood frame house with triangular roof and U.S. and French flags flying in front.

Photo Gallery

Virtually explore the park.

Last updated: November 2, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park
99 South Main Street

Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

Phone:

573-880-7189

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