Working as a secretary for a wealthy plantation owner in Saint Domingue (Haiti), a
Frenchman by the name of Jacques Guibourd narrowly escapes the bloody slave rebellion of
that began in August 1791 by allowing his trusted slave, Moros, to seal him in a cargo
barrel and load it upon a ship headed back to France.

Arriving back in France amidst the horrors of the French Revolution, Jacques was soon faced
with the reality of having to permanently leave his homeland and move to the tiny, French
speaking village of Sainte Geneviève in the Louisiana Territory of America. Once there,
Jacques acquired a plot of land, married a beautiful young girl from across the Mississippi
River and, in 1806, built his family the home that is now known as

"La Maison de Guibourd et les Jardins”.
4th & Merchant Streets
Sainte Geneviève,  MO 63670

Phone: 573-883-7544

Hear Jacques and Moros’ remarkable story, learn about the home’s
construction of vertical posts and
bouzillage that have supported this
structure for over two centuries. Be sure to check out the informative
displays, carefully preserved artifacts and family furnishings that have been
collected and prepared to entertain as well as educate the most critical
viewer, of any age. Take a moment to sit in the gardens, reflect on all that
you have seen on your visit to Ste. Geneviève.
Image: Misslehorn Art Foundation
  • Open daily April through the 1st weekend in
  • Closed on Easter Thanksgiving, Christmas,
    and New Years.
  • Group tours at any time by appointment.

Please call or eMail us for special tours, hours & tickets.
See the
Calendar page for Special Events!
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Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve, Inc - PO Box 88 - Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670

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The Jacques Guibourd Historic House &
Gardens welcomes you and your family
to visit this and other nationally
recognized historic sites in the Ste.
Geneviève National Historic Landmarks
District and experience what life was
like in the era of Lewis & Clark and the
Louisiana Purchase!