National Park in Ste. Genevieve Open This Winter

(Ste. Genevieve) Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park, which has been open to visitors for about 14 months now, did not happen overnight.

In fact, the idea of having some of the structures in town to have national park status was an idea for some Ste. Genevieve residents a few decades ago.

That’s according to Chris Collins, the superintendent of one of the newest national parks.

Collins has been on the job since January of 2020, 10 months before the park officially opened.

He says since he arrived, he’s been learning the story of Missouri’s first settlement so he can share it with future park visitors, which he hopes will become a global destination.

Ste. Genevieve was established by 1750, way before the United States officially became a recognized country.

Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park is open from 9 until 5 daily, except for recognized federal holidays.

The park’s visitor center is located at 66 South Main Street. For tour information, go to