"Take a short trip to Ste. Genevieve, Missouri" Farmington Off The Beaten Path Tip by deecat

Farmington Off The Beaten Path: 3 reviews and 15 photos

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  • One of many Murals in Ste. Genevieve - Farmington
      One of many Murals in Ste. Genevieve
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Although I had visited Sainte Genevieve before, my husband Allan had never been so we took a little road trip from Farmington to Sainte Genevieve. It is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River. Many of its first residents were French-Canadian who were farmers and produced salt and lead from the nearby creeks and mines. This French influence is evident throughout the town.

There is so much to do in this small town that one day might not be enough. If so, there are wonderful Bed & Breakfast Inns to stay such as Inn St. Gemme Beavais on North Main Street, La Dee Marie Bed and Breakfast on Jefferson Street, Main Street Inn Bed & Breakfast on North Main Street, Somewhere Inn Time on Jefferson or Southern Hotel on South Third Street.

Ste. Genevieve is in Wine Country so there are plenty of places to taste and/or purchase wine.But, we found the most interesting activity was learning about the Ste. Genevieve's French Immigrant Architecture that is nationally famous, especially the "vertical log" cabin construction. We visited the BOLDUC HOUSE MUSEUM AND WAS IMPRESSED with the Gardens, the Museum Shop, the Colonial Dames Parlor, the 1821 LeMeilleur Family Period Room, the Hands-On History Room and Gallery, and especially the explanations about "the vertical log [poteaux sur soles] house with a cedar shake hipped roof surrounded by a hand hewn Norman truss." It has been restored to its original eighteenth century condition and is furnished with genuine French colonial artifacts and furniture. It's interesting to note that it survived the 1811-1812 earthquakes along the New Madrid fault!

If you enjoy architecture as we do, I would suggest seeing:
Bauvais-Amoureux House
Felix Valle House State Historic Site
Jacque Guibourd House
The Ste. Genevieve Museum
Bolduc-LeMeilleur House

For those who love the outdoors, there are plenty of recreation and leisure activities. We visited Hawn State Park and Pickle Springs Natural Area, but you could also visit John J. Audubon Trail, the Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area, The Mississippi River Trail or the Pere Marquette Park.

For shoppers, there are at least 25 unique shops, antique stores, an ice cream shop, a winery shop, art galleries, and plenty of dining places.

Regardless, I'm sure that you will enjoy the narrow streets, fenced gardens, and the beautiful eighteenth-century architecture.

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  • Updated May 8, 2011
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