The first St. Charles Borromeo Church, like this one, was constructed of vertical, hewn logs placed directly in the ground: an architectural style unique to the French in the New World during the 17th and 18th centuries. The church has been rebuilt on its original location. Jesse Francis, a local preservationist with 20 years experience restoring 18th French log buildings, directed the reconstruction. The work was done completely by with period tools in the manner of the 18th century. The church is part of an on-going historical interpretive program based on a re-creation of daily activities in this old French village.