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Exploring Historic St. Genevieve's History and Charm

One of the wonderful things about traveling is the opportunity to view the rolling country side and small towns. On this trip we visit the town of St. Genevieve, the oldest settlement west of the Mississippi. St. Genevieve is a perfect destination for a day trip. Stroll the streets of this small town and you can imagine what it was like to live here long ago since not much has change.

A visit to the Great River Road Interpretive Center / Tourist Information Office is a great starting point. Constructed in the tradition of the pioneer French, the helpful guides at the Center can give you background on other historic structures as well as what to enjoy on your visit. On site you'll find the Roscoe Misselhorn Gallery that is a permanent exhibit which displays many of his original sketches of St. Genevieve. The main gallery updates exhibits often so each visit is different. The Center also has a walking tour video, gift shop, public rest rooms and brochures on most of the surrounding area.

St. Genevieve also host numerous events and performances to enjoy throughout the year. Among these are the Fourth Friday Open Studio & Gallery Walks, and hit musicals at the ColeBeanBay Theatre. They also have a thrilling July 4th Freedom Celebration, featuring a Pops Musical concert before FREE fireworks in the park, along with a Live Band and Beer Garden after the fireworks.

During your visit you'll find wonderful shops and hometown dining to enjoy, as well as friendly folks who call this historic town home. And, St. Genevieve is located just an hour from St. Louis, Missouri, so you can enjoy exploring the many historic treasures and events while visiting the big city as well, which makes a nice side trip. 

By Melody Schubert

Getting There:

To learn more about visiting St. Genevieve, join upcoming events and what to do and see on your trip visit For details on group tours call the Great River Road Interpretive Center / Tourist Information Office at 573-883-7097.

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About The Author

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