Sunday, March 21, 2010


A few weeks ago, we drove to St. Genevieve for our "Sunday Drive in the Country". It was our first Day-Trip of 2010. We were so tired of the cold wintery weather and so ready for sunny warm summer days and to start enjoying our weekend trips. For my husband, it was more about driving the T-bird than the destinations. He usually "lets" me decide where to go! According to the travel guide, "The village of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri was established somewhere between 1722 and 1749. It is about an hour of driving from St. Louis. The villege is the only original French Colonial Village left in the United States." When in Ste. Genevieve, we walked around the town square, looked at items in antique shops (but never purchased anything because we are not collectors and would not have any knowledge to judge the values or conditions of the stuff in the stores) and a must on the agenda would be a piece of homemade pie and a cup of coffee before driving back to St. Louis. One of the historic houses is The Commandant's House which was a center for government activity during the final days of Spanish rule before the French took back the territory and sold it to the Americans. Jean Baptise Valle, its owner, came from colonial Ste. Genevieve's leading family, which had prospered in mining and mercantile business. For this post, I present to you the Old Brick House of St. Genevieve.
The plaque reads "First Brick House - West of Mississippi River - Built in 1785 - First American Court Held Here".

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