2021 Rural Heritage Day – Saturday, October 23rd

STE. GENEVIEVE — Here is a taste of what this year’s event has to offer.

Historic Sites/Homes:

Beauvais-Amoureux House (National Park Service)

* Apple pressing demonstration (free)

* Children’s games (free): sack races & game of graces

Centre for French Colonial Life (inside; admission charged)

* French 18th century bread recipes and needlework demo.

& LeMeilleur/Bolduc yards (outdoors; free) –

* living history crafts including gunsmithing, woodworking, leather working

~ Exhibits in centre will be open; regularly scheduled house tours offered as well ~


Felix Vallé House

* downstairs open for free guided tours from costumed interpreters from 10-3.

* Dennis Stroughmatt concert 1-3 on back porch.

*Civil War group will be stationed in the backyard

* Powder Horn demonstrations with Ted Mueller

* Free Scarecrow building programs in the yard at 10:30, 11:30, 1:30, and 2:30 (just bring some old overalls or suspenders, and a long sleeve shirt, or simply a onesie)

* McPhail Custom Leatherworks will be set up in the back yard

Shaw House Courtyard

* Spinning Demonstrations by Deb Cambron

* Colonial food historian Suzanne Corbett

* 18th Century Doctor


Green Tree Tavern

* library staff will be doing story time

Guibourd-Valle House

* guided tours from costumed docents from 11:00 – 4:00 pm (donations accepted/appreciated)

* Tatting (technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace from a series of knots and loops) and chair caning demonstrations on the porch (free)

* 4:00 pm: Meet the Spirits (in the garden) – sneak peak for the evening’s Déjà vu Spirit Reunion

*4:45 pm: Spirit Parade to the cemetery


Memorial Cemetery

* 5:00 – 8:00 pm – Déjà vu Spirit Reunion (adults $10, youth 6-18 $5, 5 and under are free)


Museum Learning Center

* antique tractors in courtyard/parking lot


11:00 am – 1:00 pm: German Band playing at the pergola on Main and Merchant Streets

1:00 – 3:00 pm: Dennis Stroughmatt concert on the back porch of the Felix Vallé House



* Merchants on Main Street will have German food and a Biergarten

* Burgers & drinks will be available for purchase at Sassafras Creek

Also Around town:

Welcome Center

* Bobbin Lace demonstrations

University of Missouri Extension office will be set up

Sassafras Creek Originals (311 St. Marys Rd)

* Apple butter making demonstrations

* Powder Horn demonstrations

Brix Urban Winery and Market (245 Merchant St.) is celebrating their 1 year birthday with a Birthday Bash. There will be Mead Trivia Flights, Door Prizes all day, and free Treats (while they last), and they have a bit more in the works! 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church (160 S. Main St.) is holding their annual book/bake sale from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Pat’s Pastries (123 Merchant St.) will have a quilting demonstration. They are still deciding on a special, but they have yet to disappoint us with any of their creations!