The exact date the first settlers went to the Valley of Florissant is unknown, but it is one of the oldest settlements in the state of Missouri. Some historians believe it was settled about the same time as St. Louis. The first civil government was formed in 1786. Spanish archives in Havana reveal there were 40 people and seven plantations in Florissant at the time of the 1787 census. The village, called “Fleurissant,” or “Blooming” in English, by its French settlers and “St. Ferdinand” by its Spanish rulers, was a typical French village with its commons and common fields. Originally a separate town, and now an inner suburb of St. Louis, the community was centered on (and frequently called after) the parish of St. Ferdinand. As late as 1889, the town was predominantly French-speaking (while the southern portion of the metropolis was populated by German-speakers). In 2012, Florissant was ranked 76 in the top 100 list of Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live – America’s Best Small Cities.
Old Town Florissant is the historic district of Florissant and has maintained a lovely vintage charm. Old Town Florissant is filled with century homes, businesses, restaurants, and shops housed in historic buildings along tree lined streets. We invite you to spend the day with us, shopping, dining and enjoying shady parks and beautiful historic houses and churches.