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Largest Oldest Brick building in North America West of the Mississippi

"Appointed DuPont Country Inns Chefs Advisory Panel"

"Nominated 1 of MID-WEST Ten Best Inns"

In December of 1985, out of curiosity, we came to Ste. Genevieve to look at a wreck of a building, only to discover the beginning of the rest of our lives. Over the next months we learned a great deal about the history of the building and the "doability" of the restoration. Because of the long history of providing lodging since 1805, our desire to return it to a Bed and Breakfast Inn seemed proper and would provide a much-needed asset to the community.

We began the restoration in July of 1986 and moved in August. When you come to the Southern Hotel, you may view the photographic evidence of the restoration as the albums are in the Saloon. Start with the blue one.

We know that this beautiful Federal brick building was built in the 1790s as a private home. The porches, belvedere, wing and sample room were added soon after the original building. The newest feature to the house is the dormers, put on in 1870.

Joseph Vorst, who bought the building in the 1860s, named it The SOUTHERN HOTEL and promptly painted the name on the north side.

Follow the footsteps of the pioneers through Missouri's oldest and most historic town. Ste. Genevieve has the greatest concentration of French Colonial buildings in North America.

Ste. Genevieve is the ideal place to stay for several days to visit sites of historic interest and natural beauty on both sides of the Mississippi. Within an easy drive are Hawn State Park, Pickle Springs Natural Area, Hickory Canyon Wildlife Refuge, Magnolia Hollow Conservation Area, Mark Twain National Forest and historic Kaskaskia Island. Take the ferry across the river to experience other French historic sites--Fort Kaskaskia state Park, Fort de Chartres, Prairie du Rocher and the Pierre Menard Home.






146 South Third Street
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri 63670
(573) 883-3493
Innkeepers: Mike & Cathy

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