Historic Village of Prairie du Rocher, IL

Prairie du Rocher (translates to prairie by the rock) is a community of approximately 600 people located 50 miles south of St. Louis, MO on the east side of the Mississippi River across from Ste. Genevieve, MO.  Settled in 1722, it is one of the oldest villages in Illinois, formed many years before Illinois became a state in 1818.  It will be celebrating it's 300th birthday in 2022 with many special events being planned. 

Many historic buildings still remain in the town, and tourists enjoy visiting LaClare Manor, the local Bed and Breakfast (set in a historic mansion built in the early 1900's), touring the historic Creole House, and stopping for a bite to eat at Lisa's Market Street Grille, also built in the early 1900's), and now displaying many historic photos that travelers enjoy coming to see.

Visitors enjoy many festivals, events, and musical performances throughout the year in Prairie du Rocher, as well as the annual Rendezvous held at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site, just outside of town, which attracts reenactors and history buffs alike to this unique event every June.

Visit our website at www.visitprairiedurocher.com or like us on Facebook at Prairie du Rocher Chamber of Commerce.

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Latitude: 38.081961 Longitude: -90.098566 Elevation: 386 ft

History

Prairie du Rocher is rich in history, being the fourth European settlement in Illinois in 1722 shortly after the establishment of Fort de Chartres (just outside the village and now a state historic site) on a tract of land granted by the Royal Indian Company to Pierre Duque Brosbriant, the Commandant and builder of the Fort.  It is situated on the fertile farmland beneath the Mississippi River bluffs now called the American Bottoms. 

 

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