Real Haunted Houses

Real Haunted House

Lemp Mansion

St. Louis, Missouri

Since the building of this establishment, with funds gained from the sale of beer, it has served as a residence, boarding house, and a restaurant. During the course of the thriving brewery business, four of the Lemp family members committed suicide.  After prohibition began, the brewery business became bankrupt and the house went into disrepair.

During restoration, the workers reported a feeling of being watched, tools disappearing, and strange sounds which resulted in many workers quitting.

While being used as a restaurant, the employees have reported seeing glasses floating off the bar, sounds with no explanation, the piano playing by itself, and apparitions appearing and disappearing at will.  The “Lavender Lady,” the divorced wife of William Lemp Jr., has also been spotted before wearing her lavender colored dress.

In the basement, a secret door was found, which leads to one of the many caves on the Mississippi River. These caves were used to smuggle slaves, and during Prohibition, alcohol. In 1980, LIFE magazine named the site as “one of the most haunted places in America”.

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big D says:

October 6, 2005, 4:35 am

The lemp mansion is a total experience now because they now have a murder mystery dinnter (overnight), which is really fun and exciting. They also have, every halloween, their own haunted house. i went a couple of years ago but they made it kinda corny because they have all these actors jumping out and trying to spook you. What really would be creepy is if they just left it like it was. dark. cold. unknown.

Tash's GLOOM says:

October 30, 2005, 1:56 pm

Hey gosh i Love haunted houses!! wow i gotta check this one out!
ok then! love ya! bye!

marissa and jordan says:

November 12, 2005, 12:38 am

I really like the lemp mansion it is scary. i went t oa party there one time and my noise started to bleed and it never did before and i felt cold shivers and i peed all over myself it was frekin scary and my pee was red i guess i started my period there. now i am a women curse the lemp mansion from makin me a women but ya i gotsta go change my tampon…omg bloods gettin all over me! bye love ya lots

kayla says:

January 2, 2006, 8:49 pm

i live in arnold missouri and i haven’t been to the lemp mansion but my mom is going to take me one day in the summer. i told her we are going to spend the night ha ha.. never going to happen with her. my moms friend went to the lemp mansion for there honey moon and they spent the night they couldn’t go to sleep at all cuz they heard nosies and stuff. my friend went there and she took pictures she showed me them and in the atic there are orbs a seven foot tall man and a little girl and the little girl and man was standing in the back. the phsyic person had to say a saying in the atic to let the ghost come out and that seems freaky. but the little girl was standing right by my friend. this other picture had a picture of a lady painting of mr. lemps wife and when u look at it or take a picture you can see a mans face in it.. scarey and weird..
g2g , kayla

Tyler says:

February 1, 2006, 8:47 pm

The Haunted Caverns of the Lemp Brewery is what has “all these actors jumping out and trying to spook you”. It’s a haunted house run by the same folks that own the brewery and Dr. Zurheide’s Asylum both fine “entertaintment” haunted houses around Halloween. I worked at Zurheides for a couple of seasons, and we went into the caverns underneath the brewery. Spooky as hell, seriously. There’s a PBS video called something like, “Caves of St. Louis” that has live video of the caves under the brewery. Check it out.

Larry Dobbins says:

February 5, 2006, 1:08 am

Me and my girlfriend have stayed they twice. have stayed there twice. On one occassion attended the murder mystery dinner, that was fun. On both occassion, we had somethiing happen. The first tie a radio turned off by itsself. The second time we awke to find several of the chest of doors had been opened by themselves. It is really a cool place and the food is very good as well.

Diesdemona says:

February 8, 2006, 2:16 am

I worked at the Lemp Mansion & can say that what is said of this place is very true. I have experienced numerous unexplained events, such as doors unable to open that cannot be locked, drinks vanishing from the bar (glasses later found empty on the mantle of the fireplace in the office room), footsteps heard when nobody is there, lights being flicked off & on, appliances being turned off while alone in the mansion, very visable apparitions & several other odd occurances. I highly recommend that anyone interested make this a “must do” if they visit St. Louis & spend the night, if you dare.

Jessi says:

March 10, 2006, 6:46 pm

Me my husband and two of our friends stayed there a couple of years ago. Some really crepy things happened to us. The lights in the rooms we had would go off and on, both doors would unlock when we left the room. We where there when two paraphylolgst where there and that was cool. They went to the attic with us and had there equipttment and took picturs and me and one of my friends had orbs all around our head. We got some good pics of orbs and shaddows from the basement where on of the dining rooms is. In the attic there is a room that the ghost hunters said was where the Lavender Lady kept her deformed son was kept. It was a very littlt room with a crawl space for a door and when we took a pic there was a black mist in the room. I would recommend to anyone that likes to go looking for ghost to spend the night at the Lemp Mansion.

Candice says:

March 17, 2006, 5:49 am

Don’t you have a picture of a spooky mansion or a house??Since it’s all discribed to be so scary….you ought to have one..

kayla says:

March 18, 2006, 6:08 pm

ok wow how come therez no pictures? i want something scary ya kno!?

KayKayz says:

March 18, 2006, 6:09 pm

ok wow no pictures thought this was suppose to b scary?

Michelle says:

March 23, 2006, 3:07 pm

I have stayed at the Lemp Mansion twice. The last time was two weeks ago. We rented all four bedrooms and had the place to ourselves. We stayed during the week so there was no dinner theater. The first time I stayed was on a weekend and dinner guests were free to roam the entire mansion and expected to come into our rooms, not too bad but too much outside energy. Both times many things happened, smells, orbs seen on camera and by us, sounds from footsteps to glasses and silverware clanking, whispers, touches, you name it we experienced it. This is truly a haunted house but if you go in expecting a ghost in a white sheet, well you will probably see something like that. We did get some weird pics on digital, camcorder, and 35mm. have fun i would go during the week so you don’t have to contend with alot of other people in the building.

what says:

April 2, 2006, 8:25 am

my mom has slept there and nothing has happend to her. how come?

rachel says:

April 17, 2006, 2:43 pm

i have went to the manchion on a trip with my high school when i was 16 it was a realyl cool thing to go do but itwaws like at 4:00p.m. andwell i didnt get to see anything or at lest i dont thank i did but i was in the same spot were the owner was found and that was really cool

Robin says:

April 21, 2006, 2:51 am

I have been to the Lemp Mansion on a tour. I have never felt anything so evil. When we got to the attic where they used to keep the deformed boy, my ex was poked by something. There was nothing and nobody around us but by the time we got back down stairs he had a huge round bruise on his upper chest below his shoulder. It had a darker circle in the center of it. I will never go back there. There is still so much bad residue left over.

shelbie says:

May 2, 2006, 6:24 pm

Hey are yall for sure that haunt is jast some thing that made up way back under? Cause do you take me as I am stupid GHOST DON’T MAKE IN WITH REAL MAKE BELIEVE.

Shay says:

May 23, 2006, 3:09 pm

Me and my mom went to the lemp mansion with friends and seeing how. I am young I got really scared just by talking to friends okay well. I went into there bathroom and seeing how theres only 2 stalls in the bathroom me and my friend t went in there and when. I was done and t was still in the stall. I walked to the counter to wash my hands and I look into the mirror and. I see the lady in the dress in the mirror I turn around and look and she was gone as look back in the mirror there she was again and even my friend t saw it but when you turned around to look at her she disapeerd!TRUE STORY

Sarah says:

June 6, 2006, 10:38 pm

If that ever happened to me Shay…I would have died!!! I get scared shi tless of ghosts!!! That’s the number one thing that scares me!!!!I’ve believed in ghosts my whole life..I don’t see how people could not beleive in them!!!! Sooo many stories…Why would people lie bout it??? They wouldn’t!!! Actually some would..but that’s not the point…

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June 10, 2006, 8:34 pm

knittertoo says:

June 20, 2006, 1:25 pm

I’ve been to the Lemp Mansion a few times – the most recent was for a wedding reception on Halloween in 2003. I recall feeling fine before we went in but as soon as I got on the elevator I began to feel sick and angry and sad. We spent the evening eating/laughing/talking with family but all the while I felt very ill and angry. As soon as we left I felt 100% better. The bride and groom stayed over and they experienced the faucet switching sides (i.e. the hot side produced cold water and vice-versa). They also experienced the chest of drawers being opened when they got up.

Girl in MO says:

June 26, 2006, 10:10 am

If you REALLY want to see the pictures, how about use GOOGLE to search & and put in Lemp Mansion DUH!

I live in MO my entire life and I know for a fact this place is haunted. Again to see pictures and or get prices of their rooms and such, do a google search and put in Lemp Mansion.

kimberly says:

July 8, 2006, 5:03 am

My boyfriend and I are planning on a trip to St. Louis and we plan on going to Lemp Mansion. I’m not sure about saying the night but we are definitely going to see it and eat there.

Allyson says:

July 9, 2006, 4:48 pm

My Aunt and my Uncle got married there. They got the sheets toke off of them

cody says:

July 19, 2006, 4:20 am

I would like to go to the LEMP Mansion

Angie STL says:

July 25, 2006, 2:13 pm

My husband and I stayed there twice. The first time I was in awe. Nothing happened then. THe second time, nothing happened, but I did get this feeling of someone behind me. It was a creepy kind of feeling. I have over 300 pictures of this place and would be happy to share if anyone would like to email me, I would love to share.

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Johnny Grace says:

September 5, 2006, 4:31 am

At the first time that I’m trying to see this house ( never been there before) back in 1994, Í was driving around the block on Cherokee street, (it was about 8pm at night) and then I stop to look at the map, after close the map and I look up….I was at the front of the house !!! this may be just a coincidence, but it’s sure make me very very spook at that time!! I love St Louis, I live there for 18 years and now moved to Portland Oregon . I love old houses there ….especially, the old James Clemens ‘s mansion on Cass Ave !!!

Angela says:

October 4, 2006, 1:11 pm

Hey i have been there and nothin uncommon happened to me but when my grandma went she had a number of mysterious things happen to her!!!!!

Debbie from O'Fallon, Missouri says:

October 13, 2006, 6:55 pm

We have been to the Lemp Mansion before. Took some pictures around the place, some of them came out very weird, unexplainable. You step in the door of the Lemp and you get an instant creepy feeling. A very strange place, but I like it, I would go back anytime. But the next time, I would want to see something happen right in front of my face. I would get real freaked out, but I would like it.

Melissa says:

October 18, 2006, 10:47 pm

My husband and I went to dinner and took the tour. The only thing that happened was I was getting flashes of light in my face all night. It was like someone was taking my picture and I was seeing the flash. He didn’t see it. We were on the tour and he went into the restroom I waited outside in the hall. There was a Halloween party going on and I was watching it. Again, the light flashed in the center of the room right at me. I walked right into the party and over to the wall and nothing was there. I was sure I seen where the light originated from. The waiter said its just one of the things that have been reported and I was the first to report it that night.

Ted Rotter says:

October 23, 2006, 11:23 am

We stayed overnigt at the mansion with 2 friends. We took many pictures and a video. Also used a tape recorder. Nothing unusual on any of them. However, strange sounds during the night…sound of the vault door slamming closed about 3 AM also sounds like a stick banging against the ballisters on the stair as a child would do…that happened twice. Also there was a sound of a muffled voice. Pictures in the Lemp caves at a different time showed many orbs. I don’t think they were dust or water droplets either!. T.R.

Ray Driskell says:

November 1, 2006, 12:34 am

My wife and I and another coupled spent the night there. Food was great. Very boring night. We stayed up late toured the mansion til early morning hours. Not one thing happened. No noises, nothing unordinary. Old mansions are always spooky, but nothing here but good food.

PeeWee says:

December 10, 2006, 12:38 am

OMG! I don’t know where the Lemp mansion is. I live in Maryville IL and I’m really interested in learning more about it. So if amybody can tell me anything about it. PLEASE DO! You know like where it is or a reveiw. THANK YOU!



January 15, 2007, 1:37 am

I have been through almost all of the Lemp caves. Some of them have been closed off and others don’t have enough ventilation or oxygen to go through. Regardless, I was most disappointed when I went through the caves and saw no sign of anything paranormal. I’m going to spend the night at the house, hopefully I’ll have more luck there.


January 15, 2007, 1:39 am

P.W. if you want to go to the Lemp caves under the house send me an email and I will show you.

Jessica says:

January 28, 2007, 4:46 am

hey og like i will totally go like check this out! like b4 i like slit my rists!

big B says:

February 14, 2007, 9:47 pm

i was there last year and i was laying in bed when i just felt something sucking my **** and there was nuthing there but something was sucking it it felt real nice and i cumed all over the place then the *** just vanished like it was liked up it was very nice i want 2 go back mabie i could get layed next time!!!; )

Wild Boy Brad says:

February 15, 2007, 5:09 pm

Big B just contact me and I can make your dreams comtrue, The lemp is the place but not on my face for the ghosts will never find you, the sounds of moans and groans wont be too scary for the sounds will not be of the ghosts but only of your host, just lil oh me

joma says:

February 18, 2007, 5:20 pm

My first time inside the Lemp House was in 99′ just a couple of days before Halloween. Since then, I have been there numerous times, including Thankgiving, Easter, and many Sunday brunches. I’ve driven past the place all my life. All I have ever felt there was a presence which was most noticeable my first time there. And the only creepy experience that I had there was when a friend and myself stopped outside the place at 2 in the morning to talk about the house and we were startled to see that all the people staying in the rooms upstairs were staring at us from their windows! (P.S.- once posted a mysterious pic of the Lavender Lady painting where her face appears deformed/skull-like.)

kayla says:

February 20, 2007, 10:04 pm

I have been across the street from the lemp but never saw i have always wanted to but never have yet My dad has lived in the city and never heard or saw stuff walking down Arsnel street I know even though i havent seen it for my self i will but i know its true scary stuff in there thats all i have to say if you know or seen stuff lucky you cause that will be me one day well love to all my fans i will be famous all day I love you all for making my famous dream come true kayla zarkie

owen says:

April 1, 2007, 11:35 am

if any of this is real than im. hiding i saw a miner in a mine with no pickaxe he was just hiting the rock

trist says:

July 20, 2007, 12:37 pm

I so WANNA go. Never been just heard many many many stories

john says:

August 21, 2007, 3:07 pm

My wife and I stayed there a few months ago as well as my aunt, cousin and her friend and boyfriend. Upstairs in the renovated attic (Monkey boy’s room) was another couple. Being a skeptic I was hoping to see something. We didn’t see anything. We did the gift shop video and learned the history and the suicides. After the staff left we had free reign of the place, except the bar. For the most part the place is dark and lights are off. We took alot of pictures. All the digital cameras had orbs (?) but the 35mm showed nothing when developed. The caves have been closed and inaccesible for years. The other guy and I wandered around with a camcorder mostly looking for ways to scare the girls. There were stories of hearing a dog wimper, as one of the Lemps shot his dog before committing suicide. While in the basement we heard a dog whimper. Since no one else was there we were hesitant to press forward. Then we heard it again. Curiosity moved us to a small closet in the basement. While filming, we heard it again, in the closet. We eventually found it. It was a wheel on a large gas meter on the floor slowly spinning with a squeak. While convincing the girls to come down and hear the dog whimper, we decided to quick split and spook them. We eventually regrouped, after some spooking, and while leading the pack from the closet back around to the stairs, a large wooden door leading to a kitchen area, opened out and closed. Everyone was accounted for, there was no draft, no one was in the room. It is a large wood door. It wouldn’t move on its own. That is the only thing I can’t explain. There was also a chunk of brick from the fireplace in the attic that fell out. It was pure white in color. Inside was pure black soot and dust. Where it came from we don’t know either. My wife and I stayed in the room with the piano. Everytime I went in there by myself to get something, I felt like I was not alone, but I am convinced that it was just me hoping to see something. I am still a skeptic! The rest of the night was uneventful and the next morning on Sun we spent eating a great Easter breakfast in the restraunt. I would go back, but I wouldn’t expect to see much. Good history lesson in American Beer and breweries though!

T.I.P.S. says:

September 24, 2007, 10:34 pm

it was a cool place we got a lot of wierd fellings in the lemp mansion we will never forget tht place

Kennedy says:

October 28, 2007, 1:54 pm

im 11 years old and my name is Kennedy. Im into ghosts and scared of em like crazy! but ive been in a haunted house. well it seeme like one bcuz ur heard noises and it was abandoned for about 10 years a neighbor said. i want to tell someone about it! please

Chrissy says:

October 29, 2007, 2:08 pm

The Lemp Mansion is a real haunted house! It is also a B&B. I’ve stayed there a couple of nights, a few years ago. I have plenty of experiances, including the radio turning on by itself (oldies), a glass bowl moving on its own when attempting to enter William’s room. The phone ringing by itself, & feeling as if someone was chasing you up the stairs. As you enter, you get a weird feeling, & the rooms are all stuffy.

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Kennedy says:

November 2, 2007, 7:03 am

Someone please talk to me?

it would be cool to know other peoples storys and get replys.

Kennedy says:

November 2, 2007, 8:02 pm

do you believe that im 11?

Vickie Beauchamp says:

November 13, 2007, 2:45 pm

I visited the Lemp Mansion for a wedding reception several years ago. I used the Ladies Room and was the only person in the room.When I came out of the stall, I saw a man standing there. Just as real as he could be until he vanished in thin air. I went out of the room a little upset but I really didn’t know anyone there well enough to talk to them about it. I was with a friend who had invited me to join him for the reception. And this friend is also a major skeptic. I had no background knowledge of the mansion when I first visited.But I have had wonderful encounters with unexplained happenings. When I was there the door we went in to get to the reception had an alcove where there was a sign that said there was a Parapsychology Office in the basement. I was wondering if that office is still there. Everything that I have read does not mention anything about the office. I was at a movie theater after the visit to the mansion. This theater has a rack that has information pamphlets about places of interest in the St. Louis area. I picked one up and there was a story about the Lemp Mansion. The whole history of the mansion was given. I have wanted to go back to visit again but I have not had the opportunity. I have never lived in the St. Louis area but I visited friends often for years. Now everyone has moved away and I live about 100 miles from St. Louis in another river town with a very active unexplained history. I have lived in this certain area for over half my life and I am presently living in the exact area of one of the Civil War fort sites of the town. I live in an apartment with my cat family and youngest son.There is definitely a presence here that has communicated with me. The apartment building is across the street from the Old Lorimier Graveyard. This is the first graveyard of the city. There is another apartment building that is right along the boundary of the graveyard. This makes me question some things because there were supposedly a lot more graves than are marked in this graveyard. I wonder if the building was built over some of the graves. I would love to live in that building for awhile. I have had many unique experiences some scared me and some were better because I was older and more mellowed out. I will visit this site often I am sure. Hope I can get up there to stay overnight sometime soon.

cindi says:

November 23, 2007, 8:09 pm

I lived across the street from the Lemp for two years (89-91), hung out at the carriage house and knew most of the employees and owners at the time. Heard lots of stories and couldn’t look out my front windows at night without getting the chills. Truly a creepy house with lots of terrible history!

K.H says:

January 7, 2008, 8:36 pm

This sounds interesting, and it couldn’t be to scary or they would’ve tryed to get rid of the ghosts.

Im so happy now. My family might be going up there to eat.

My mom saw the menu and was interested.

I can’t wait!

chad says:

February 23, 2008, 1:50 pm

i would really like to know the directions to get there .. i went to the angles and chains house in carrilton last night and know i would like to go to the lemp mansion so if anyone can give me directions PLEASE DO!!!

susan lowe says:

March 7, 2008, 11:23 am

i have been to both and yea..i got my fill of weird happenings.but when they turned the factory into the haunted house i worked there.we had unusual happenings in the lower and one upper workers thought that at first we were just seeing things but more and more we would be putting on our costumes and see something out of the corner of our eyes,hear weird footsteps,and feel cold spots .one of the workers when being on the roof was helping with a sign and when he raised his hand there was blood. after taking the piece to the boss, the tile was dried with nothing on it.needless to say. we were ready eighter to quit or just keep away from certin areas.i know much more about the place,(factory) but wont keep going .however i will say this.there is one place in the back of the factory that a wall has a certin red on it…noone knows exactly what but if you go to get it off ,it will reappear.told by boss after so many strange my opinion you should go my case,…well i wont be returning to the factory.ive seen enough for one lifetime.

Melody C. says:

May 26, 2008, 6:07 pm

Well I must say I’m quite interested in this, seeing as how I’m a direct relative of the Lemp family. I plan to make my way to the mansion as soon as I can. My great-grandfather was Lemp and we have all the newspaper cutting and such of the family. It’s good to know I have so much history! Thanks for sharing your experiences, everyone! :)

bob says:

June 6, 2008, 1:27 pm

it is not hunted u people are lieing so yea i wint there it is lame

Tina S. says:

September 14, 2008, 1:28 pm

Melody C can you prove your a direct relative of the lemp family.if so can we see pic’s

Tina S. says:

September 14, 2008, 1:32 pm

I grew up on the south side of St. Louis Have paseed the lemp mansion all the time & have always felt something uneasy about it.Csn’t wait to stay the night.

Abby says:

September 24, 2008, 10:28 am

Dude this is awesome iv been trying to get there but my friend spent the night there. She was totaly freaked out she said some of her things dissapeared, that night something woke her up and all she could see was a bright like and it got supper cold!!!!!!

Em says:

September 25, 2008, 1:36 pm

Tina, why would she have to prove anything to you? It’s ridiculous of you to ask for such information.
People will get from Lemp Mansion whatever they want to receive.
There are several posts on this site that are ridiculous. Bob can’t even spell correctly or type complete sentences but he expects us to take his perception of the Lemp Mansion as fact.
I’ve known several people that’ve stayed there; some have returned with odd happenings to report, yet others saw and felt nothing out of the ordinary. If you want to find out for yourself, google “Lemp Mansion”.

Phlenny says:

October 23, 2008, 4:50 pm

Actually there is also a Lemp summer house in south St. Louis county (Mentz Hill) with coordinating guest houses. You used to be able to walk the grounds that were a part of a subdivision, but in the late 80’s or early 90’s the estate changed owners and the area around the property was gated with new homes built blocking visitors. It was rumored that a secret underground entrance would take you out to the river’s bluff. The home is gorgeous with a gothic look to it.

sarah says:

February 1, 2009, 2:47 pm

Upon me and my fiances second stay at the Lemp ( we are local and enjoyed the bar and dinning) all was normal until about 3 am. My fiance was sound asleep and i decided to take a bath in the amazing bathroom our room ( we had the Louis Lemp room on the top floor) After my bath i got dressed and decided to tromp down stairs and out the back door to smoke a cig ( when staying at the Lemp guest are asked to after bar hours slip out the back door to smoke and relock it before returning to their room). I felt watched while going down the two flights of stairs to the main floor. When i passed the painting of Billies second wife i felt as though her eyes were on me so i took out my phone and called my sister while i smoked. After smoking and a long conversation with my sister i bid her a good night and hung up. I laid down next to my fiance and began to drift off into sleep. There is a window above the door that light from the hallway shines in through (nifty if you need to make your way to the bathroom without awakening your spouse) and when ever a guest walks by you see their shadow disrupt the light shinning in. But you also hear their foot steps as the building is old. I was watching the ceiling trying to fall asleep when a shadow disrupted the light as though some one was walking past perhaps on the way to the soda and snack machine located next to our room. But then i realized there was no sound on steps or even of russling, there wasn’t any sound. So i thought maybe my eyes where playing tricks on me. Then the displaced light appeared again and suddenly expanded as though some one was standing in front of our door. I thought ” how rude to be wandering the house at this hour just to stare at peoples bedroom doors. And was about to get up and ask them if they needed change for the snack machine to make them go away. Then suddenly as i was getting up the shadow vanished. It didn’t move farther away or anything or fade slowly as though the person was departing it simply vanished without any sound to indicate some one walking away. The time was 3:15 am. At 4:05 am i was dosing when a sudden loud bang came from within the room (sounded as though it came from right beside me ) i quickly thought the ice tray had fallen over and scampered across the room to clean it up. The Ice tray was untouched. My fiance was sound asleep. Nothing in the room was misplaced. If you stay here keep in mind that yes it is haunted, but also keep in mind that if you don’t mean any harm then theres nothing to be afraid of really. The bar is delightful and the staff makes dinner enjoyable( not to mention the food is amazing).

me-me says:

April 22, 2009, 6:26 pm

I would love to go there and chaeck it out. I know a couple people who have been to stay the night, they say it is haunted. Their carema went died as they were trying to take a picture and the batteries were brand new. I love haunted houses and places. I would like to go on a tour there but to never stay the night. I want a tour during the evening when it is dark. I think it would bve a fun place to work at. I think it would be an awsome experience.

Chris says:

May 30, 2009, 10:08 pm

I reside in St. Louis and I have been to the Lemp Mansion on several occasions with other people. We’ve enjoyed great meals there, a couple haunted tours, and even stayed the night once. I have experienced several “unexplanable” instances. The first time there, we did a tour back when they were done casually at 1/2 hour intervals on weekends. We had a pretty decent sized group and we were in Charles’ room (the red room). Our guide was giving us some history on Charles when the lights in the room dimmed extremely slowly. It was almost unnoticeable at first, and I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. Then others noticed it too. Everyone was accounted for in the room and no one was near the light switch. The light switch was not a dimmer switch either. The guide said, “Well that’s a new one!” We took pics and there’s some orbs on the front staircase leading to the second story. There’s also a pic of a basement window that looked like a whitish face on the woodwork frame. When they started the organized tours on weekends (reservation required) we did that too. I was armed with a video camera and it disfunctioned for the first time ever in the hallway area under the staircase cat-a-corner from the bar. After I got home it worked perfectly again. That same night, there was a couple that had paid to stay the night there. I don’t know what happened to them, but as we were leaving, we saw that they were loading their belongings into their car and high tailing it outta there! While eating there once, I brought my digital camera into the first level bathroom and had it on film mode. I caught an orb flying through the air in there. Then my ex-boyfriend and I stayed the night there a few months later. Nothing spectacluar occurred to us that evening except for a peculiar and extreme temperature change. There was a wedding couple staying across the hall, but we were alone otherwise. I couldn’t sleep most of the night because the heat became unbearable. My ex-boyfriend is the one to always get hot easily, but he was sleeping like a baby. My hair was soaking wet with sweat and I had to open all the windows in the room. My ex-boyfriend woke up to me hanging my head out of the window over our bed. After he got up, he was talking to the groom downstairs. They had the opposite temperature problem we did…their room was freezing cold. We stayed in the Lemp Srs. room, the one with the barber chair, for those who are interested. I have more experiences than this, but these are the highlights. I recommend going to the Lemp Mansion, not only for the spirits, but for the great food too!

Veronica says:

June 18, 2009, 9:15 pm

I have been to the Lemp mansion. This was my experience. I was asked by my cousin to help with her daughters sweet 16 slumber party. At the beginning of the night there were both boys and girls there. At 10:00 pm the boys were picked up and the girls were going to stay for a slumber party. My cousin, my mom, and my cousins husband were upstairs in the bedroom talking while the girls said good bye to the boys outside. I saw a hair brushthat was slightly under the bed move. Now I was 22 at the time and I thought “oh one of the boys snuck under the bed to stick around” so I ducked down and lifted the dust ruffle to “catch him in the act” and no one was under there. I stood up and asked if everyone else had seen the brush move too and everyone agreed that it had. Needless to say I had to sleep on that bed that night and I did not get much rest.

Jean and Patrick Baird says:

August 15, 2009, 10:36 pm

We went to spend the night on our first wedding anniversary. After a wonderful dinner we rested briefly in our room in the attic- the Elsa Lemp suite.After some wandering around and several trips outside to have a smoke we decided to call it a night since the only excitement we’d had so far was being startled by the ice machine dropping cubes.It took a little while to fall asleep but we managed. About 3:30 a.m. I was awakened by a loud popping noise.After my eyes adjusted I was looking around from the safety of the bed and I swear I saw the bathroom door swing open and back a good 3 to 4 inches in both directions.It took a while but I went back to sleep.At about 8:30 the next morning after coffee and a muffin in our room ;we decided to go outside for a cigarette. When we were coming down the main stair way to the area by the front entrance we heard what sounded like a short muffled conversation between two men .My husband ducked down to see into the hallway better to see who was talking but there was no one there. We walked around looking to find out if someone had come in to work at that time and we found no one.The only other people there were already outside having a cigarette.

kobe bryant says:

September 4, 2009, 2:11 pm

Ghosts raped me in my ***

C.C. says:

October 26, 2009, 2:34 am

I live in St Louis and I’m grateful to the Pointer family for saving and restoring this important house and most of all, for sharing it-and it’s occupants?-with all of us. I’m always proud to take out-of-town guests there for dinner and a walk through the halls and rooms. My son worked in the restaurant for a year. A couple of years ago I took the tour and spent the night as a B&B guest alone in an attic bedroom. When the staff leaves for the night, the guests are given a few instructions and encouraged to spend the evening exploring the house and grounds as they wish. Very few areas are off limits to enter; I believe just the bar(of course) and other guest rooms. I strongly encourage anyone interested enough to make a special trip to visit the house for dinner and a tour, call ahead and reserve a room for the night.Depending on how booked up the B&B is, you could find yourself as I was, wandering the halls, rooms, basement, even out building all alone at 2:00 am. My son was frequently asked if anything strange ever happened during his time working at the mansion. The answer is “yes” As for me, I love the Lemp Mansion and am moved in some way each time I enter the front door. I hope you’ll come and see it for yourself. Bring an open mind and a readiness for anything you might encounter. Please don’t scare the ghosts even if they scare you first. They mean no harm, and it is their house. The only sure thing is you won’t be sorry you came.

S.C. says:

December 30, 2009, 9:19 pm

I have stayed at the Lemp twice, and I can not say I truly experienced anything ghostly. We two women stayed in the William suite first and the Elsa suit the second time. We had dinner there both times, and the food is wonderful. The first time we stayed we heard what sounded like a gun shot during the night. But we took in the fact that we were surrounded by traffic and it could have been a car back firing, also it is unfortunately not a good part of town so it could have been a actual gun shot. An alarm clock also started going off around 3am in the Charles suit, and I went and shut it off, after it went on for half an hour. The only other people there that night was a couple in the Lavender suit. I looked in a old breakfast bar that was on the second level and there was a old Lemp wine glass in it and a silver fork and spoon. I was very tempted to take these things but left them.
The next time when we went and stayed in the Elsa suit, thatâ??s supposed to be the most haunted room, nothing happened. I went and checked the breakfast bar for the glass and silver-wear and they where gone, and that disappointed me. I hope no one else gave way to temptation. I also slept badly because the high windows in that room let in a lot of noise and light. They need some antique looking dark wood blinds put on them. The first time we went in 2008 they had a breakfast set up in the front office. But the last time we went in 2009 we woke up to no breakfast, and was told that the warm bottles of orange juice that were left on our table (and we were to put in ice) along with the instant coffee and granola bars, was our breakfast. So tell me, should it now be called the Lemp motel, and not the Lemp bed and breakfast?
I hope the Lemp Mansion stays open to the public for many more years to come. I never walk in there feeling spooked, I always feel as if I have walked into a place of history and a place that has been given a lot of care.

Amanda says:

February 25, 2010, 5:19 pm

Thats cooooool!!!!! :) :)

Jim says:

April 25, 2010, 10:06 pm

My girlfriend and I went there today for Sunday lunch. After we ate the chicken, Robin felt something tugging on her shirt, and her left arm. When we went upstairs, and entered the lavendar room, I couldn’t breathe very well, and had pressure on my chest, and became real stressed out – I felt like I was gonna faint. After we left that room, it kinda went away. once we got out of there, I felt a lot better

Mackensie Roberts says:

May 21, 2010, 5:41 pm

This place is haunted. I have been in the ladies room and thought one of the men from the large wedding reception had maybe come in accidentally but then I found out that no one had been seen going in or out of the bathroom while I was in there because a friend was waiting for me outside the door. I have not taken the tour but I would love to. This is a very interesting but sad family story it seems though not to be too unusual for the times.

Nicole says:

June 10, 2010, 8:46 pm

I saw a ghost hunters and they went to the Lemp Mansion and they didn’t find any sings of the the place being haunted. They used recorders and found nothing! I believe in hauntings and I don’t believe Lemp Mansion is haunted at all. I think its made up!

Melissa says:

August 13, 2010, 1:16 am

When strange thins started at my home almost 17 years ago my husband thought it would be fun to get away from our baby and go out to dinner at the Lemp Mansion. We were eating dinner and I started seeing flashes of light out of the corners of my eye. I asked my husband if he saw a flash but he said no and just continued eating. It kept happening and he kept saying he didn’t see anything. So we walked around after dinner and he was in the bathroom and I was watching a Halloween Party in progress and another flash right where I was looking. I walked into this party and started rubbing the wall (Sorry if it was your party. I am sure you remember me) and there was nothing there. I talked to the waiter and he said that stuff happens and I was the first to report it this night. Describing the light.. It started at a pinpoint white spread out about 8 inches then retracted back to a pinpoint then was gone. Nothing like a camera that leaves you seeing the square flash in your eyes after the picture taken. This light was very smooth just bright enough for me to notice it repeatedly. I have since been back many times and it has never happened to me again.

Melissa says:

August 13, 2010, 1:27 am

Go to Killion’s Irish Inn these ghost pose for the camera and some pictures were on George Noorys website.

Ghosts are real not matter what anyone says. Thats why they are investigated. Once you find the ghost focus then you can get pictures more often. Thats the secret. You don’t need fancy cameras.

Melissa says:

August 28, 2010, 1:30 am

While it is true that the Lemp Mansion leaves people wanting more, the post on the house is slightly incorrect. Three members of the family did commit suicide; the fourth was actually a young boy who suffered from mental and physical disabilities and passed away in the house at the age of 13. Regardless, he is still seen along with others from time to time. Just wanted to set the record straight though.

Jennifer says:

August 30, 2010, 11:07 am

About eighteen years ago, I, along with a team of three others, went into the Mansion for the sole purpose of a paranormal investigation. We were working for a St. Louis based Paranormal Publication, and were given free reign for the entire night. They had booked no other guests and none of the staff were present. We were locked in alone at about 9 PM.
We set up Camcorders, tape recorders and reel-to-reel recorders throughout the mansion.
We conducted a talking session in the Lavender Room (Which is where we set up base for the night.) Throughout the entire interview, the tape recorder kept shutting off (batteries were fresh) and candles repeatedly blew out on their own. We left the room periodically throughout the night to check equipment and upon our return something in the room would have been moved or disturbed, or the faucet in the adjourning bathroom would be turned on. All night there were odd noises, smells, things missing and then reappearing, etc.
When we got back the next day and analyzed the material, there were several female voices on the small recorders from the interviews as well as misc. recorders we set up around the Mansion.
As we were checking our camcorder the night before that we set up in the basement area, one of the guys suddenly got very, very cold and felt someone touching him. Well when we studied that on the camcorder, it shows the investigator walking into the frame of the recorder, doing a quick sound check on it, and then all of the sudden you can see where he started experiencing something, but in the video recording, you can visibly see his breath and we didn’t see that when we were all standing down there at the time. At that point the investigator actually just blinks out of the picture as if he had never been there. You could hear him, as well as us talking, but somehow, his image had been just removed from the recording and all you saw was the wall where he should have been standing.
When we reviewed the reel-to-reel recording, we could hear when we entered the attic. We would announce ourselves and give the time and you could CLEARLY hear our footsteps walking up to the recorder. At about 3 in the morning, the recorder captured some muffled sounds and then a small child says “What is it?” A female voice then answers “Don’t touch it,” and you can clearly hear the childs hand getting swatted. Again you can hear the child and then a very loud male voice yells “I said don’t touch it!” The female then says something, and an arguement ensued and then just faded away. No footsteps no nothing, just an ebbing of voices and then silence.
I have been here only one time since this investigation for a friends wedding reception and my husband and I declined the offer to go and party in the Lavender room, where the after party was. I know for a fact that there is something here, and there is most certainly something in the Lavender room, the basement and the attic. I’m not saying that I will never go back to ghost hunt here, but next time I do, I will be much more mentally prepared than I was the 1st time, as the things that we heard scared the hell out of us.

Lexie says:

August 31, 2010, 11:46 am

I’m going to the lemp brewery this halloween. 😛

Lorelai Saw says:

October 16, 2010, 3:04 pm

this place is soo ******* stupid!!. i dont know why any ******* person would want to ******* go to that ******* place!!! it was most definitely a ******* waste of my goddamn money!!.

Luke Dee says:

October 16, 2010, 3:06 pm

now thats not very nice lorelai.

Lorelai Saw says:

October 16, 2010, 3:07 pm

shut the **** up!!

Jennifer says:

October 19, 2010, 11:35 am

I never quite understand why some people always feel the need to be vulgar. I suppose, Loralai, that your opinion couldn’t possible have been conveyed properly without implying the use of the F word five times…Ridiculous and excessively immature.
As previously stated, we were there on an official ivestigation and I can’t wait to get back in there and capture some more evidence… I highly recommend the Lemp Mansion for a number of reasons, but if you are in the St. Louis area and do not want to travel too far for a good paranormal experience, then Lemp is the way to go..

Tommy says:

January 28, 2011, 2:53 pm

This is one of the top haunted houses in America. I have heard of this from Ken Hudnall. He has featured this mansion just recently on his blog:

I hope to visit this very soon

Dorothy says:

April 25, 2011, 9:43 pm

Got ya all beat. I was in the Lemp Mansion in August of 1972. Long before it was reopened and renovated and I tell you right here and now, in 2011, there is still no way in this world that you could get me to go back into that building.

I was with a girlfriend of mine and a couple of guys and we were ghost hunting around St. Louis and St. Louis county just before I left for college. Giggles and grins right?? Hell no!!! We got into the building through a door that had already been jimmied in the back. This place was in terrible condition. Like has been previously said, it’s not exactly in the best neighborhood of the city. Some of the windows were broken out, walls were damaged, stuff hanging down from the tall ceilings, ratty, broken up furniture, the works. You could tell that it had really come down in this world because here and there were little signs of what it had been at one time or another.

We were prowling around with only one flashlight between the four of us and believe me, that place was really spooky. All of us felt like someone was watching us and the hair on the back of our necks stood up. More than once we thought we heard people talking but couldn’t make out just where it was. Then I thought I heard water running like in a shower but no one else admitted to hearing it if they did.

We headed down a stair case from the second floor and all four of us saw a little boy who looked like he was standing in the air at the side of the stairs. His eyes were blood red and he didn’t have any apparent clothes on. Of course, we couldn’t see anything below his waist. Not natural at all. We fled down the stairs and when we looked back, nothing was there. I later learned that other people have seen that little boy and there’s actual photographic evidence of him. ( He is in the bottom right of the picture just between where the staircase meets the hall floor. Look between the rails.)

When we were downstairs in the kitchen, we discovered a wooden door that had been padlocked and chained shut, apparently for a very long time as the padlock was rusted shut. And this wasn’t a new padlock. This was a very old style of padlock. One of the guys we were with tried to open the padlock, rattling it a bit. Immediately, there were loud growls coming from behind the door. Loud, deep, scary growls. And scratching on the wood. That was about enough for us. We scrambled out of the mansion and piled into the car and got the heck out of there. I was in the back seat and was looking back at the building as we drove away when I suddenly saw a light come on in an attic window. I gasped and everyone turned around and I just pointed at the light. You could clearly see what looked like a person in the window and it was waving like it was saying good-bye. There was no electricity on in the entire building. The driver stomped on the gas and we got away from there. We were too spooked to keep ghost-hunting although there are lots of places around the St. Louis area that are allegedly haunted.

I later heard that the padlocked and chained wooden door in the basement kitchen area had been referred to as a gateway to hell but I can’t find any reference to it any more.

Joe Trust says:

July 23, 2011, 3:52 pm

My team and I have investigated the Lemp Mansion 3 times and we can never get enough. We have never failed to get evidence of some kind or another. Not only do we enjoy the Ghost Hunting there but we enjoy their excellent restaurant and we stay overnight as well. It is fabulous Bed & Breakfast and I can’t wait to go back. My last visit there was March 10, 2011. You can also check out a lot of our evidence we captured there by going to our website Enjoy and Happy Hunting, Joe

ALAN says:

November 25, 2013, 3:02 am

House haunted issue is forgotten in my home i remember vividly that our house was haunted because there is suicide and we always hear a strange voice at night this really put us in total dilemma until we met with Evangelist Bill that use spiritual way to cleanse the house since then we are free from ghost his email is

Kathy Huffman says:

April 3, 2015, 3:16 am

My sister and I have spent several nights at the Lemp Mansion but our last visit scared us so badly we spent our last night in my car…it started innocently enough on our first night and we were taking the normal pics around the william lemp suite…we took about 6 or 7 pics each using our phone cameras…we didnt look at them until the next day and we found many pics and videos on the our phones that we didnt and couldnt have taken…one was a side view of sis and I in our bed and i hade a huge orb floating about 6 inches from my face…another we did not take was of my sister in the second floor bathroom and she was in a towel…never did we take either camera to the bathroom…we had numerous pics of demons, one pic of Zeck about 4 inches from his face a side view…it is so clear you can see his eyelashes…we have a video of our room and this guy keeps popping up in different locations in the room and then pops back down…we have a picture of a male ghost that you can make out his shorts and feet pretty clearly…we have a pic of a ghost dragging out a demon and you can see the rope clearly attattched to the spirits wrist…we deleted them all but the last two because we feared having anything come home with us…we stayed a second night because the suite across from us was rented…when we left togo home sis found an audio message on her phone that said f… you…I have no idea if this is related but about a month later I had a dream where I thought my cat was beside my bed but when I looked again it was this hairy demon and it was spewing latin…I saged and blessed the room and have not had any other experiences…I was not bothered by what I condisderd normal paranormal experiences but when demons appeared no more visites for us…good luck if you go there…chances are this will not happen to you we were both in a low emotional state because I had just lost my boyfriend to cancer 3 months prior…I hear demons are attracted to the weak…

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