Welcome to the
French Colonial Country

The region along the Mississippi River south of St. Louis is French Colonial Country. The area is the oldest region settled by Europeans west of the Appalachian Mountains with the founding of Cahokia by the French in 1699. Although English is the common language spoken in the region today, the French heritage is not forgotten and can be found in numerous communities throughout the region.

Explore by Community

Counties are the starting points for exploring the region’s communities. If you aren’t sure what community you are interested in use the communities listed alphabetically page.


Explore the Attractions

Attractions are grouped in smaller regions, usually by community or by a group of communities. If you aren’t sure what attraction you are interested in use the attractions listed alphabetically page.


ExploRe the Events

Events are organized in two ways. There is a traditional block calendar that displays events in a monthly format. A summary page precedes this feature allowing readers to look for events based on certain attributes



The French Colonial Country region offers it’s visitors a variety of options of where to stay overnight from outstanding B&Bs, guest houses, and hotels.


Places To Eat

We have organized the places to eat by locations where there are a fair number of choices. The restaurants selected for a listing have demonstrated an effort in its web presence but understand we are not making any recommendations.


More Activities and Features

There are more activities in the French Colonial Country than can be put into a few categories. Our more pages allow our readers to explore all that the region has to offer.