St. Mary's Mission
P.O. Box 211
Stevensville, MT 59870
Fr. Pierre DeSmet, S.J., established
historic St. Mary's Mission in 1841. It was the first permanent white
settlement. St. Marys Mission was established because of the determination
of several Native American tribes seeking blackrobes as
their teachers. The interior of the chapel has been restored to its
colors of the 1880 era. Its furnishings are the handiwork of Fr. Anthony
Ravalli, S.J., Montana's first medical doctor. The attached study and
dining room, as well as Fr. Ravalli's house/pharmacy, are completely
restored and refurnished with items made by him. Chief Victor's cabin
is a Native American museum. The beautifully landscaped DeSmet Park
offers a picnic area. Fr. Ravalli rests with the Salish Indians in St.
Mary's Cemetery. The handicapped-accessible Visitor Center includes
a gift shop, museum, art gallery, research library, and public rest
Adults $3.00; Students $1.00.
St. Marys Mission is located in Stevensville at the west end
of 4th Street. From Main Street, turn west at 4th Street and the chapel
can be seen at the end of the street three blocks from Main.
Season of Operation
4/15 - 10/15
Hours of Operation
Daily 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Personal Check (In State)
Personal Check (Out of State)
Group Reservations Required
Services and Amenities
Registered Historic Site