We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The Lehmann House
The original owner of this now-B&B might have never left. Edward Rowse lived and died in the dining room of his home and guests staying here claim to have seen shadowy shapes and heard disembodied voices throughout the building.
The Lehmann House is located at 10 Benton Pl., St. Louis, MO.
2. Lemp Mansion
Here’s another haunted B&B you can stay the night in! Lemp Mansion is notorious for its paranormal happenings and is even considered by some to be one of the most haunted spots in the nation! Brave souls who come here have reported all kinds of unusual things, ranging from harmless events like curtains flicking open or unusually cold spots to much weirder experiences like the unshakable sense of being watched or sudden feelings of sadness and sorrow. Guests have experienced trouble with electronic devices going haywire, heard spooky voices and piano music in the dead of night, and even a few disembodied taps on their shoulders.
Some lucky (or unlucky, depending on how you feel about ghosts) have even seen a ghostly woman wearing a purple gown, nicknamed the Lavender Lady and thought to be the wife of the original owner, William Lemp. Several members of the Lemp family have met tragic ends, including several suicides following the mysterious death of William’s favorite son, Frederick. We think the some of the creepiest reports are of weird vibrations coming from the floor… that would definitely send chills down our spine!
Lemp Mansion is located at 3322 DeMenil Pl., St. Louis, MO.
3. The Campbell House Museum
The Campbell House was constructed in 1851, occupied by the Campbell family until 1938, and transformed into a Victorian-era history museum in 1943. Sourceless footsteps on the creaky stairs and upper floors, mysteriously moving furniture, and strange sensations are frequently reported, but the spookiest sight is the woman in the window, who is often seen by employees after hours when nobody else is in the building.
Several paranormal investigators have come to explore the Campbell House Museum and have gathered recordings of disembodied voices, sightings of floating, glowing orbs, and a few people have even reported being touched by an unseen hand. One of our favorite stories from this haunted spot is actually pretty quirky and harmless: it appears that a spirit here is fond of Kennedy half-dollar coins. They turn up unexpectedly on the steps of the museum, but security cameras have never captured anyone (alive) leaving them there.
The Campbell House Museum is located at 1508 Locust St., St. Louis, MO.
4. Bissell Mansion
This historic home was built in 1823 and has been converted into a Restaurant and Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, which is fitting, as the mansion seems to be haunted by more than a few spooky spectres. Objects are moved around by an unseen force (sometimes even disappearing and reappearing elsewhere in the mansion!) The original owner, Captain Lewis Bissell, is said to haunt the property, often showing up outside in the parking area. Bissell's wife might have also stuck around, as visitors also report seeing a ghostly woman in a white gown.
Bissell Mansion is located at 4426 Randall Pl., St. Louis, MO
5. Jefferson Barracks & National Cemetery
This historic military barracks was built in 1900 and thought to be haunted by an old Confederate general, who is seen in uniform in the commander’s office. There are several buildings said to be “hot spots” where different spirit figures appear, but weird events are reported through the barracks, including lights flickering on and off, disembodied footsteps and voices, moving objects, and apparitions of ghostly guards doing their rounds, and some people have even had unfriendly physical experiences, often being poked or pushed roughly!
The nearby Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is also filled with ghost sightings and stories, many of which date all the way back to the pre-Civil War days!
The Jefferson Barracks are located at 533 Grant Rd., St. Louis, MO.
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is located at 2900 Sheridan Rd., St. Louis, MO.
6. Powell Symphony Hall
There is one fancy ghost haunting Powell Symphony Hall! The handlebar-mustachioed spirit of “George” is frequently seen hanging out around the building, decked out in a white-tail suit and top hat! He’s not alone in his haunting here; ghost hunters also report the presence of a female spirit in the former projection room, and the telephone down in the Whitaker Room is know to ring - but only once - in the middle of the night.
Powell Symphony Hall is located at 718 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO.
7. Creve Coeur Park
Legends tell the tragic story of a daughter of a Native American chief who lost her warrior husband and jumped to her death from the bluffs. Visitors report hearing the sounds of a crying woman and some even claim to have seen her ghostly form on nights with a full moon, leaping from the bluffs and disappearing just before she hits the water. If the stories are true, Creve Coeur is aptly named - it translates to "broken heart" in French!
Creve Coeur Park is located at 13236 Streetcar Dr, Maryland Heights, MO.
8. Repertory Theatre of St. Louis / Loretto Hilton Center
Webster University’s Loretto Hilton Center (home to the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis) is said to be home to three different spirits who are seen and heard off-stage. The most famous of the ghosts is thought to be a former theater electrician named David Hitzer, who wanders the catwalks and plays around with the lights and projectors. Unlike most ghosts, Hitzer is the opposite of terrifying. In fact, he is said to have saved the lives of more than one technical staff members who leaned too far out to adjust stage lights, pulling them back from the railings by belts or collars and preventing them from falling over the edge!
The Loretto-Hilton Center is located at 130 Edgar Rd, Webster Groves, MO.
9. The Fabulous Fox Theater
Why do theaters seem to attract ghosts? Perhaps it’s all the drama on stage that keeps them from resting peacefully. The Fabulous Fox Theater has produced a number of ghost sightings, one of the coolest being a woman appearing to dance on stage. The Marquee Room beneath the Fox Club seems to be a paranormal “hot spot” where people frequently report the sounds of stomping footsteps and rattling doorknobs. Many believe that the original owner’s wife never left the theater, as a red-haired woman in a light blue suit is sometimes seen staring down at employees.
The Fabulous Fox Theater offers ghost tours for visitors is October, but you can keep your eyes open for spirit sightings all year round when attending one of the theater's wonderful performances!
The Fabulous Fox Theater is located at 527 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO.
10. The Payne-Gentry House
This 1870 home in Bridgeton was occupied by the Payne and Gentry families for over a century, which might explain why they didn’t want to leave. In 1880, Dr. William Payne built an addition onto his home where he met with - and even performed operations on - his patients. The 1800s weren’t exactly known for the use of sanitization during medical procedures, so the makeshift office saw more than a few deaths.
There is a small cemetery out back behind the building where several children were laid to rest. Visitors often report seeing ghostly children playing beneath a large tree at the center of the graveyard.
The Payne-Gentry House is located at 4211 Fee Fee Road, Bridgeton, MO.