By Linda Pettit
I had always
wanted to visit the Lemp Mansion after seeing it on the
various cable channels. It is listed as one of St. Louisís
most haunted places to stay. On June 24th, 2006,
my 14 year old niece Erin, her dad Joe and his girlfriend
Tiffany set out for the Lemp Mansion.
John Adam Lemp
arrived from Germany to St. Louis in 1838. He started out as
a grocer but carried one product sold by none of his
competitors. He was famous for his lager beer. In 1840 he
gave up the grocery business and opened a brewery. John died
Lemp succeeded his father and took over the business. The
brewery grew and covered five city blocks. It was the
largest brewery in St. Louis and the Lemp family symbolized
the cityís wealth.
The family had
a lot of tragedy and mystery. Frederick Lemp the son of
William died in 1901 under mysterious circumstances. William
J. Lemp shot himself in the head three years later in one of
prohibition the brewery closed in 1919 and the fortune
declined. The brewery once valued at $7 million dollars and
covered ten city blocks was sold for $588,500. After the
sale of the brewery William J. Lemp Jr. shot himself in the
head. His son William J. Lemp III died of a heart attack at
the age of 43. William Jr.ís brother, Charles, lived in the
mansion. He died of a self-inflected gunshot would to the
brother Edward Lemp died in 1970 at the age of 90.
Mansion was built in the early 1860ís. William J. Lemp
purchased it as his residence and brewery office.
Mansion contains 4 bedrooms. They are the Lavender Suite,
William Lemp Suite, Charles Lemp Room and the Elsa Lemp
Room. It has a wonderful dining area where they serve meals.
arrival at the Lemp Mansion we were a bit taken back. It is
a beautiful old house but very exquisite. We arrived during
the brunch and the food smelled wonderful.
Erin and I
stayed in the William Lemp Suite. Joe and Tiffany stayed in
the Elsa Lemp Room.
I felt very
comfortable in the mansion until we got to our room. The
hairs on my neck stood up and I felt uneasy. After unpacking
we went up to Joe and Tiffanyís room. They were in the attic
and the view was great. We went to see the Arch and had
dinner. Erin and I went to our room. The uneasy feeling I
had, returned. Erin asks me what was wrong because I seemed
nervous. I played it off not wanting to influence or scare
her if something should happen. That night Tiffany came down
and told us the door right across from theirs kept opening
up. She said they would close it and it would open. They
also hear pounding on their wall and foot steps outside the
door. There is only one bedroom in the attic.
leave the building around 8:00 p.m. and lock the doors. You
have to go in and out through the back door. It is kept
locked. You are not allowed to have visitors in your room.
Remember there are only four bedrooms.
We turned on
the television for awhile and decided to go to sleep. We
keep hearing someone walking in the hallway. When we looked
no one was to be found. There was a coffee pot, spoon,
creamer and sugar in the hallway. We kept hearing the sound
of a spoon stirring coffee. We checked and the coffee pot
was cold. I decided to go to sleep.
Day two of our
adventure was a little more exciting. We decided to go to
one of the tourist attraction. Erin and I proceeded to meet
Joe and Tiffany in the parking lot. I took my 2 way radios
with me. Joe asks if I had remembered to bring it and I said
no. He sent Erin back to retrieve it from our room. Several
minutes later Erin came back white faced. She said she was
never going in that room by her self again. I ask what
happened. Our bed was king sized and had about 7 square
decorative pillows on it. We had placed the pillows on our
couch before going to bed. When she opened the door the
pillows were on the floor lined up in a row in front of the
couch. She said she picked them up and put them back on the
We resume our
day adventure and returned to the Mansion later that
evening. We proceeded to our room and when I opened the door
I found the pillows lined up in front of the couch on the
floor. Erin stepped out of the room and had a terrified look
on her face. I told her I bet the maid forgot to put them on
I went to the
office and found an employee. He came to the room. I ask if
something like this ever happened and pointed to the pillows
on the floor. He said poltergeist. Erin says I am not
staying in the room. I ask him to call Lou the clean up
guy. He talks to Lou and says he left them on the floor and
forgot to put them on the bed. I now am beginning to wonder.
Two times they appear on the floor. Why would you place
pillows on the floor and line them up? Erin follows the guy
back to the office area and hears him tell another employee
something about not wanting to scare us. She is convinced
that he is not telling us the truth. I had my doubts but did
not want to jump to a conclusion.
That night we
took a ghost tour of the Mansion with the Spirits of St.
Louis. They are the group that works with and investigates
the mansion. It was very informative and worth the $15.00
for the tour. At one point we were all in a room that was
used as a safe. All the lights were turned out except for
one in the hallway. It was very dim. One of the participants
was standing in the doorway in front of the light. Suddenly
she started to grow taller and them something moved out from
the side. It was a shadow person. After it was over I ask
Erin if she saw anything unusual. She explained she had seen
a shadow person around the girl at the door. Erin has been
on many tours of Waverly Hills and is familiar with shadow
Nothing out of
the ordinary but sounds of footsteps occurred that
night. They served a little continental breakfast outside of
our room in the morning. Lou, the guy who cleans up also
sets up the breakfast. I ask Lou if he left the pillows
lying on the floor and lined up in front of the couch. He
said they did not want to scare us last night but he had
stacked the pillows on the chair across from the couch. I
went back and told Erin. So that was pretty cool.
Three of the
Lemp family members killed themselves in the
Mansion. William Lemp killed himself in our room and his
wife died of cancer in the room.
I hope you
enjoyed our adventure. It is worth taking a few days to go
and visit the Lemp Mansion. The rate was only $80 a night
because we booked two days. We had to share a
bathroom. There is one room with a bathroom that ran $115.00
a night. The phone number is 314-664-8024. By the way, I
will be going back!