Founded in 1722, the Village of Prairie du Rocher has quite an extensive history. To this day, Prairie du Rocher is one of the oldest communities founded as a French settlement that survives in the 21st century.
Like many old communities across the county, Prairie du Rocher has some interesting ghost stories that the locals are familiar with and like to tell. One of the most famous is the Phantom Funeral that takes place whenever the Fourth of July falls on a Friday. Many more stories of the paranormal come from locations like Fort de Chartres and the Creole House, but those are not the only locations in the small town that have stories.
One place in town that is getting attention currently for its haunted reputation is the beautiful Conner House located at 315 Main Street.
Connie Stellhorn, along with her business partner Dan Hassard, took over ownership of the Conner House in July of this year and are currently running it as a bed and breakfast.
Mark Farley, a founder of the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society, has investigated paranormal activity in Prairie du Rocher before and is currently working with Stellhorn and Hassard to offer ghost tours of the Conner House in the coming year.
Both Stellhorn and Farley met with the North County News recently to discuss the house, the paranormal activity there and the ghost tours.
Originally built in 1906, the home has had lots of ghost stories over the years.
Stellhorn expressed that with the current FEMA flood insurance rate map situation still unfolding, she wanted to help promote Prairie du Rocher. “We need to make the town more viable and thought this was a great idea,” she said.
Ghost tours, and things of a paranormal nature, are definitely one way to catch people’s attention and bring them to town.
The home was built by William H. Conner, who unfortunately died before it was finished. His wife Constance oversaw the finishing of the family home. The couple had nine children, six of which were raised in the home.
Constance died in 1939, but there is some indication she still roams the home, as well as at least one of her children.
Farley stated that his team began investigating at the house a few weeks ago and has already collected some evidence that it is indeed haunted.
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