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Historic Ste. Genevieve Celebrates Present & Past


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Owners of the Audubon Grill and Bar recently reopened the Hotel Audubon at the corner of Merchant and Mains streets in Ste. Genevieve. photo courtesy Ste. Genevieve Tourism.

August 24, 2018
 
Ste. Genevieve, America's original French Colonial village established in the 1700s, has a lot to celebrate. The town is located an hour south of St. Louis off Interstate 55 along the Mississippi River.

 
Town officials recently announced the establishment of a new National Park Historic Site. In addition, the owners of the Audubon Grill and Bar announced the reopening of the Hotel Audubon. Located at the corner of Merchant and Main streets in the heart of Ste. Genevieve, the hotel had its ribbon cutting in July.

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A landmark since 1903, this storied hotel and restaurant have undergone a five-year renovation. The farm-to-table restaurant opened in 2014 and the hotel in July.

 
Nestled in the heart of the Ste. Genevieve historic district, Hotel Audubon offers boutique-style lodging featuring Old World charm with modern amenities. Audubon's Grill and Bar features a chef-created menu with a unique dining experience unlike any in the area. In 2017, Audubon's Redevelopment LLC won an award for the historical renovations to the building.

 
Last spring, Congress approved legislation to establish the Ste. Genevieve National Historic Park designating it part of the National Park Service. The area selected for the proposed park site is approximately 12.5 acres.

 
The Bauvais-Amoureux site, now part of the Felix Valle State Historic Site, will be at the center of the National Park Service Historic Site. The Bauvais-Amoureux Historic House was built around 1792 by Jean-Baptiste St. Gemme Bauvais, overlooking Ste. Genevieve's communal agricultural fields, le Grand Champ.

 
This legislation is in recognition of the historic significance of rare French Colonial buildings and the early French and German influences that have been carefully preserved in Ste. Genevieve's National Historic Landmark District.

 
Much of historic Ste. Genevieve's charm is due to the remarkable preservation of its original vertical log structures. Its narrow streets and fenced gardens surround some of the most significant 18th-century architecture in the nation.

 
In addition to a glance into Colonial America, Ste. Genevieve boasts eclectic shops, restaurants, wineries, microbreweries and art galleries.

 
Discover Ste. Genevieve during Rural Heritage Day on Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is a celebration of history and reverie dedicated to the hard working founders of the town. See how it used to be done whether it's farming, cooking, spinning, lace making, leather working, soap making, wood carving, gardening or good old-fashioned games. Watch demonstrations of the handicrafts of yesteryear. In the evening enjoy the "Spirit Reunion" a fundraiser for Memorial Cemetery that features costumed "spirits" telling the stories of the early settlers buried there.

 
While in Ste. Genevieve, check out the Route Du Vin wine trail, which includes Chaumette Vineyards & Winery.

 
Chaumette, established in 1990 by Hank and Jackie Johnson, now sits on 310 acres. They are dedicated to handcrafting award-winning wines of distinction, capable of competing in the international marketplace. Expect award-winning wines, gracious service, quality entertainment and elegant accommodations. Chaumette is also a premier wine resort destination with private villas for overnight stays, a pool and full-service restaurant, wedding and event venues, among more traditional winery amenities. The tasting room is open year-round and offers live entertainment outdoors in warmer months.

 
For more information, visit www.visitstegen.com.

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