Felix Valle House State Historic Site

The site features the Felix Valle House built in 1818 as an American-Federal style residence and mercantile store. Restored and furnished to reflect the 1830's,  the home today interprets the American influence on the French community following the Louisiana Purchase. Across the street is the Dr. Benjamin Shaw House . The earliest portion of this white frame building was constructed in 1819 by Jean Baptist Bossier as a storehouse for his mercantile business.

Today the house provides interpretive space and a gift shop for the site. Facing the le grand champ, the agricultural fields of colonial Ste. Genevieve, is the 1792 Bauvais Amoureux House. This house is also owned by the Felix Valle House SHS.  The walls of the house were formed from hand hewn logs, set upright into an earthen trench in a style known as poteau en terre, making it a rare architecture treasure. There are only five poteau en terre in the United States and three are in Ste. Genevieve. An impressive diorama of Ste. Genevieve in 1832 is displayed in the house.

Each year on the second full weekend in June the Felix Valle House State Historic hosts the La Velliee and evening of story telling, dancing, candle lit tours and refreshments.  The second full weekend in December the signature event Le Reveillon takes place. It is a French Christmas with candle lite, staff in period clothing, food from the 1830's and 13 different desserts.  Each event is open to the public free of charge.

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Latitude: 37.97757 Longitude: -90.061012 Elevation: 435 ft
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Seasons Open

Felix Valle House is open all year, Bauvais Amoureux House is open May to October

Hours Open

Monday thru Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm


Admission is $4.00 per adult and $3:00 per child; ages 0-5 free

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