Ste. Genevieve: Stories vs. Sites

If you have been around To Wander Freely long enough, reader, you have noticed that I love history. And I have taken it upon myself to make sure that you all love history too.

If loving history sounds impossible to you, don’t worry, I will tell Chris to stop sharpening the lobotomy tools. I won’t force you. But, I will make my case. And I won’t give up trying. So, you might as well just get on board, and save Chris a lot of trouble, because he has a lot of tools packed on this little RV, and quite frankly, I have no idea how he intends on using them all. If it were up to me, the tool storage would have become shoe storage long ago.  

Back to loving history…the thing is that with RVing you get to see a lot of sites. Some that are so beautiful, that you will never forget them. Yosemite, Yellowstone, Big Bend, Congaree and Sequoia are easy to remember. There is a grandiosity that refuses to diminish or fade in our minds after our eyes have first captured their beauty and singularity.

But what about all the other places we pass through on the road? Aren’t they special too?

Yes, they are, and for me, it is usually due to their history. Why? Because learning real people’s stories can be just as impactful as a breathtaking site. The stories of real people who faced challenges and struggles and had their own triumphs can be just as remarkable as beautiful scenery. That is my belief, and I recently visited a town that reminded how the histories of the people make a special site unforgettable.

And the beautiful thing about this place? The stories are finally being cherished in a way that they deserve; as a remarkable, unique piece of American history that needs to be preserved. This small, American town named for the patron saint of Paris, Ste. Genevieve, is becoming its own National Historic Park…to be discovered and experienced by all of us.

Watch our video to take a glimpse at what this town has to share with you…



About Jen

I love travel, which led me to become a fulltime RVer. I love wellness, which I can talk about 'til the cows come home. I love being self-employed, which means I get to dabble in what interests me from essential oils to RV planners. But most importantly, I love my husband and our life together on the road!

5 comments on “Ste. Genevieve: Stories vs. Sites

  1. Thank you for taking time to visit! Not everyone sees value in the stories of people.

    • It was my pleasure to visit – can’t wait to get back and see how the National Park Service adds to the experience!

  2. Hi Jen,
    Can you tell me the name of the little downtown RV park where you were staying? We would really like to visit St. Genevieve after watching your video. I realize it may not be ready for visitors quite yet.
    Thank you-

    • Hi, Cindy! It is a great town to visit! There was no name for the park where we stayed, it was just a town park on Main Street. It does not show up on Google Maps, so I can’t forward you an adress. I am hoping that they will be opening it officially as an RV park, because it was very convenient. They do have electric there, so they have partial hookups; but there is no office. It is also a little tricky to get to, because there is a railroad bridge on Main St. that has a low clearance. Here is the link to the visitor center: I would call the visitor center close to when you want to visit, and ask if the town park is open for RVs. If it is not, they can also give you info. about nearby RV parks. I am sorry I can not be more helpful, but I hope you enjoy your visit!

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