Welcome to Downtown Sainte Genevieve – Where history meets today!
Sainte Genevieve was founded in 1735 as a fur trading and river community. Access to the river made commerce and trade more accessible. Much of Historic Ste. Genevieve’s charm and ambiance is due to the remarkable preservation of the original colonial settlement, and is the only surviving French Colonial Village in the United States. This being said, in the Spring of 2018 Downtown Sainte Genevieve was declared a National Park destination.
Some of the preserved homes are used for business, while others are private residences and a handful are open to the public for tours and other events. Continuing in our founding heritage, Saint Genevieve is home to more than 80 businesses from boutiques and home décor to bed & breakfasts and amazing eateries. Ste. Geneviève remains a flourishing area for artisans of all types. Shop for mementos of your trip, take home a one-of-a-kind piece of art, jewelry, primitives or upcycled creations or hunt for vintage items such as collectibles. Sainte Genevieve has all you need to indulge and enjoy our vibrant heritage.