Historic St. Mary's Mission

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Facility:Historic St. Mary's Mission
Description:Nestled in the Bitterroot Valley, in the shadow of St. Mary’s Peak, stands Historic St. Mary’s Mission. Fr. Pierre De Smet, a Jesuit priest, founded the Mission in 1841. The State of Montana grew from the settlement of St. Mary’s, which was later named Stevensville. The town holds the distinct honor of being the place “Where Montana Began”. The well-preserved buildings and artifacts of the Mission Complex give visitors a historic look back at the beginnings of the birth of the State.

Your tour of Historic St. Mary's Mission begins in the Visitor's Center where you can explore the museum, art gallery and gift shop. Following a brief video that provides a foundation for the walking tour, experienced guides take you on a visit of the Mission complex which includes St. Mary's Chapel with attached residence, dining area and kitchen, Father Ravalli's cabin and pharmacy, Chief Victor's cabin which houses a Salish museum and the old dove cote. Throughout the buildings are original hand carved furnishings by Fr. Ravalli, Salish artifacts, historic documents and photos of days gone by. You will pass by an apple tree, planted 130 years ago by Fr. Ravalli. While showing its age, the tree continues to bear fruit and stands as a reminder of the history of this lovely site "where Montana began".

A D D R E S S
Address 1:West End of 4th Street
Address 2:
City:Stevensville
State/Province:MT
Zip Code:59870
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:Visitors Center & Gift Shop remain open through Christmas for holiday events and shopping.
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a. m. to 5 p. m.

Tour Season runs from April 17 - October 15
Hours: 10:00 a. m. to 4 p. m.
Open Tuesday through Saturday
Guided Tours are available for groups and individuals
Admission:
Telephone:(406) 777-5734
Website:Visit Website
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