It’s that time of year again! Fall foliage road trips can be enjoyed for their beauty, but when you’re looking for a good scare, we suggest this haunted road trip (
click here for detailed map). You’ll learn a good amount of history at a lot of these places and you also might get spooked while you’re there.
1. Jesse James Farm & Museum - Facebook
Tour the home of one of America's most notorious criminals.
Address: 21216 Jesse James Farm Rd. Kearney, MO 64060
2. Belvoir Winery - Liberty
The Odd Fellows Home District once served and housed the orphaned
indigent, and elderly. The property has now been turned into a winery, but many guests who go on the ghost tour claim to hear and see the spirits of a former patient who continues to roam the halls.
1325 Odd Fellows Rd Liberty, MO 64068
3. Vaile Mansion - Independence
This mansion is said to be haunted by Sylvia Vaile. According to one legend, when she died, her husband could not part with her so he buried her on the front lawn in a glass-topped coffin set flush with the ground.
Address: 1500 N Liberty St. Independence, MO 64050
4. Hotel Bothwell - Sedalia
The third floor of this hotel is said to be haunted by spirits. Some guests have said they experienced unexplained voices, missing personal items and scratching at doorways.
Address: 103 E 4th St.
Sedalia, MO 65301
5. Missouri State Penitentiary - Jefferson City
Missouri State Penitentiary is over 175 years old and In recent years, has had well over 100 organized paranormal investigations take place. Tours opened to the public include visits to the dungeon cells, the Upper Yard, Housing Unit 3 and the Gas Chamber.
115 Lafayete St.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
6. Governor's Mansion - Jefferson City
Governor Thomas Crittenden's nine-year-old daughter died in this mansion in 1883 due to the deadly disease, Diptheria, that took the lives of many Missouri children during that time. Fast forward 100 years later, during the term of Governor Christopher Bond, where a repairman came down from the attic and told Mrs. Bond's staff, “You might want to mention to them that their little girl is playing around up there. She spent most of the day with me.” The Bonds had no children and many believe that the little girl was the ghost of Carrie.
100 Madison St. Jefferson City, MO 65101
7. Lemp Mansion - St. Louis
Said to be one of the ten most haunted places in America, the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri continues to stay open to the public for tours. The wealthy Lemp family who owned Missouri's most successful brewery during the World's Fair, experienced their fair share of tragedy at this home. William Lemp's son died prematurely at age 28 of heart failure. Distraught and depressed, the father eventually ended his life by shooting himself in the head. His other son, William Jr., then took ownership of the mansion and brewery. His partying lifestyle allegedly resulted in him fathering a child with a prostitute. The boy was born with Down Syndrome and was said to have been kept in the attic with the other servants. Today, guests who visit the mansion claim to see him appear throughout the mansion.
3322 Demenil Pl.
Saint Louis, MO 63118
8. Morse Mill Hotel - Dittmer
Bertha Gifford, considered to be America's third female serial killer, allegedly killed her first victim at this hotel. There's also a dungeon in the hotel that is said to be haunted by a pre-Civil War slave.
8850 Old Morse Mill Spur
Dittmer, MO 63023
9. Peace Cemetery - Joplin
One of Missouri's most horrific mass murderers, Billy Cook, was buried here. Because of his crimes, his body was buried a bit outside of the cemetery, away from others. Many believe he does not rest in peace and have reported seeing a shadowy figure lurking around the other gravestones at night.
N Peace Church Ave. Joplin, MO 64801
What do you think? Are these tales legit? Or just a way to pass the time with spooky stories? Either way, you might want to check them out and see for yourself.