Chaumette Winery owner, Hank Johnson, is pleased to present the newly restored Bequette-Ribault House & Hospitality Center in Ste. Genevieve. This post-colonial home is a historic museum and features a hospitality center in one of its restored outbuildings, with a timeline of events surrounding the home's history as well as a tasting bar, offering tastings and purchase of Chaumette’s award-winning wines.
The Bequette-Ribault House is located at 351 St. Mary’s Road, across from what remains of Le Grand Champ field from the original French settlement, and is about a half mile from here. It is a “poteaux-en-terre” building, or “posts-in-the-earth,” referencing its vertical logs built directly into the ground without a foundation. Few such structures remain in the world, and Ste. Genevieve is home to three such buildings.
The Bequette-Ribault House is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. Its first owner was Jean-Baptiste Bequette, and it was built in 1804. Clarisse, a free woman of color, purchased the property in 1840, and it was subsequently owned by her descendants until 1982, all of whom had last names of Ribault.
The Bequette Ribault House is open for public tours May thru October on Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. It is closed November thru April, though private tours are available by calling 573-747-1000.
We welcome you to explore this remarkable historic property, enjoy Chaumette wine in our Hospitality Center and hear the story of those who lived there, reflective of Ste. Genevieve’s cultural history. Ask Chaumette Winery's Tasting Room staff or the Ste. Genevieve Welcome Center staff for a token for a complimentary glass of wine at the Bequette-Ribault House! Hope to see you soon! For more info, go to: www.Chaumette.com/Bequette-Ribault-House-2/.