Ste. Genevieve

The Felix Valle House State Historic Site in Ste. Genevieve now includes other structures not connected with Felix Valle.  MPA's concerns over the years have related to some of the other structures and to the cultural landscape—most especially the big common field—of this extraordinarily important National Historic Landmark community.  For years MPA pressed for the addition to the site of a traditional 18th century French Colonial vertical-log structure to complement the Federal-style 1818 Valle house built by a Jewish merchant from Philadelphia.  That was accomplished in 1993 with the acquisition of the Beauvais-Amoureux and the Delassus-Kern houses, as well as the 1990 rescue of the 1808 Bequette-Ribault House by the state's Revolving Fund for Historic Preservation (though the latter is not part of the historic site).

The vertical-log houses added to the state historic site in the 1990s may eventually be transferred to the National Park Service for a Ste. Genevieve National Historic Site as the result of an NPS study transmitted to Congress in May 2016 that recommends an NPS unit fronting on the common field including the Beauvais-Amoureux, Bequette-Ribault, and Delassus-Kern Houses. Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill and Congressman Jason Smith immediately introduced bills to establish such a site. 

MPA supports the proposed site—especially its emphasis on the common field—but has asked that the Old Town Archaeological Site, a 38-acre tract near the Mississippi River directly opposite the Delassus House, also be included in the site. This is the only remaining portion of the original three-mile long settlement occupied from about 1750-1795, the rest having been obliterated by channel changes in the river.

Meanwhile, the state historic site in March 2017 was able to acquire the long-sought historic Janis-Ziegler House (commonly known as the Green Tree Tavern), probably the oldest remaining and most intact French vertical-log building in town. This should assuage concerns about state parks likely giving up both its other two vertical-log houses to the National Park Service.

Read the NPS final Ste. Genevieve Special Resource Study, May 2016.

Read MPA's comments on the draft NPS study.

Read the New Bourbon Port Authority's resolution on Old Ste. Genevieve.

Read MPA's call for protection of the Big Common Field and the Old Town Site. (Dec. 2012)

Read MPA's 2012 Resolution on Ste. Genevieve.

Read MPA's 1999 resolution on Ste. Genevieve

Read B. H. Rucker's report on the mystery of the Delassus-Kern house and his recommendations for it.


Delassus-Kern House

Green Tree Tavern