Church of the Holy Family (Cahokia, Illinois)

Church of the Holy Family

Front and eastern side
Location East 1st St., Cahokia, Illinois
Coordinates 38°33′43″N 90°10′22″W / 38.56194°N 90.17278°W / 38.56194; -90.17278Coordinates: 38°33′43″N 90°10′22″W / 38.56194°N 90.17278°W / 38.56194; -90.17278
Area 3.6 acres (1.5 ha)
NRHP Reference # 70000851[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 15, 1970[1]
Designated NHL April 15, 1970[2]

The Church of the Holy Family (French: Eglise de la Sainte-Famille) is a Roman Catholic church located in the St. Clair County, Illinois city of Cahokia. Built in 1799 to replace a similar church built in 1699, it is a log building. Constructed of black walnut timbers in the traditional French Colonial "poteaux-sur-solle" (post-on-sill) vertical-log construction style, the Log Church is only one of five built in this style that still exist in North America. The church was declared a National Historic Landmark and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. The building is located on First Street in Cahokia.[1]

Holy Family parish is the oldest continuously active Catholic Parish in the United States, having been founded in 1699 by Canadian missionaries. Roman Catholic Services are still conducted in the church[3]


Guides conduct daily tours during the summer from 11:00am through 4:00pm. Guides read a brief history of the church and then allow visitors to walk around.

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  1. 1 2 3 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. "Church of the Holy Family". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-13.
  3. Holy Family Catholic Church Parish website

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