What do John James Audubon (the famed ornithologist), Stephen F. Austin (the founder of Texas), and George Rogers Clark (of Lewis & Clark fame) have in common? They all either lived or spent considerable time in Ste. Genevieve. That’s because we’re the first American settlement west of the Mississippi, founded in 1735. As such, it is the home to a huge number of firsts in American history: first school, first brick structure, first cemetery, first Masonic lodge, first hotel – so many firsts that it has been called the “Mother of the West”. But it is much more than just a rich tapestry of history and accomplishments. It’s also a tremendous place to call home. We invite you to explore Ste. Genevieve and all that it has to offer nestled in a unique location only one hour from Plaza Frontenac. Escape to Ste. Genevieve for a weekend or a lifetime. We look forward to seeing you!
“I moved to Ste. Genevieve from Dallas in 2005. It was the best decision I ever made. Ste. Genevieve is the happiest living environment one could imagine: great people, great morals, beautiful scenery, terrific home values, great schools, great restaurants, the wine country, no crime, plenty of activities – and Plaza Frontenac less than one hour away. It’s the best of both city and country living, and the ideal spot for the new America. I cannot imagine living anywhere else. I feel genuinely sorry for those who do not live here”.
You have the option of either living in-town or on land on the outskirts.
It’s worthy of note that the Ste. Genevieve RII school has the second highest paid staff in Missouri, and that Valle Catholic has won more football state championships than any other school in Missouri.
Ste. Genevieve is proud to be home to one of the top-rated small hospitals in Missouri: the Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital.
The Ste. Genevieve County Community Center is a tremendous facility that offers state-of-the art fitness machines, an indoor track, basketball and volleyball courts, an indoor pool and water park, and a library.
Yes, the new River Rapids Waterpark has recently opened. This regional water park features a 340-foot winding tube slide, a 311-foot body slide, a 250-foot four-lane mat racer slide, and a 146-foot speed slide which sends swimmers down a near 90-degree vertical drop. There’s also a 450-foot long lazy river which includes a wave generator and an Olympic-pool. A restaurant completes the experience.