The "Future" Pre Civil War B&B!
The Morse Mill Hotel
The"Haunted" Pre Civil War Bed & Breakfast
- WHAT IT ISN'T: It isn't demonic here, if it was I would know. The spirits don't attack unprovoked. It isn't all that scary when things happen because it usually isn't real close to you. It happens so fast you won't have time to be scared, only time to react. The fact is you'll get a response exactly how you would walking into a strangers house uninvited. If your polite you may witness something that will blow logic apart. But if provoking, insulting, or playing with witchcraft.Then yes you could get hurt.
- WITCHCRAFT: Several years ago, when I was just starting the demolition of the interior of the Hotel. I permitted access to 3 young girls down from Iowa the entire bldg for the night. They were joined by 2 huge boys 260 lb and 300 lb-security. They turned on the camera, and proceeded to perform rituals of witchcraft. The 3 girls instantly forced to their knees, the boys say that in a instant thrown they were thrown 6 and 10 feet in the air. Leave your rituals at home please.
- THE BUILDING: 1st settled in 1816, as a farmhouse when it was still Spanish Territory, within the Louisiana Territory. John H. Morse purchased it in 1856 and added on making it the structure that it is today. Mr. Morse was a Bridge Engineer, Confederate sympathizer, among other things. Built of Maple, Bur Oak, Walnut, Cypress and Limestone.
PAST VISITORS The hotel was a popular place during the 1920’s and 30’s. The elite of St. Louis visited often. It was a close weekend getaway to escape the sweltering summers in St Louis. The guests came from all over the world including Africa, Switzerland, Cuba, Philippines Islands, Bombay India, London England, Berlin Germany, Austria and Hong Kong China. One of my personal favorites marked in the register is on Saturday, September 5th, 1931 Zarna and her trained seal Suzanne. The famous guests include black and white film star Clara Bow, Betty Boop was created in her likeness. Tom Mix, a black and white cowboy film star. Pilot Charles Lindbergh and gangster Al Capone also marked their stay here. Jesse James, and his brothers as well. Charlie Chaplin marked the register of his stay here! He was a known ’Womanizer’. A nearby elder woman says when she was a child her Mom would complain about this Chaplin man carrying on with the young girls.
CONFEDERATES: Jesse James and his Brothers stayed here. They are known to associate with Mr. Morse( a confederate sympathizer). One of them was a cartoonist, drawing a stone archway in the register. Some evidence suggests the Hotel may have helped the effort to return rebels back to the south. It is referred to as “the Secession Railroad” or “the Chip Trail".
BASEMENT TUNNEL: We have eye witness accounts from elders, they say 60 years ago as kids they use to play in the tunnel beneath the basement floor, that went from beneath our basement floor under the road to the river edge into the ice house shed across the street. In the future, we will enter the 22' deep cistern in the basement floor, and open the wall that closed off the tunnel. The slave dungeon is where the biggest known spirit resides-"Edward". Patrick the owner has stated, "I have only seen a shadow person once. It was 4:30pm I was at the building with 1 carpenter(Terry) who was in the attic. I was walking toward the open side deck door. When in the hall a black human shaped figure came out of the basement staircase and turned out of site down the hall. It was huge, like 300+ lbs if a man as we know it. But not solid, it was dark yet it had shape-shoulders, head, not much of a neck?
SERIAL KILLERS: Bertha Gifford lived, and worked here-1 of the 1st female serial killers in the Nation. She killed numerous kids(19), and adults w Arsenic Chocolates for the kids. She worked at the Hotel, and is buried nearby. She was an exceptionally gifted cook, go figure! It is believed to be her husband who she poisoned, that is seen in full body, trench coat at the window North end of the hall 2nd floor.
GANGSTERS: Al Capone used this as a rest house, speak easy, and gambling. The Historians traced his movements to here at the time that he was building his gambling & whiskey operations. He served great Whiskey from here, some of which still exists on the shelves of local grandparents that say it never ran dry at the Morse Mill Hotel. It is also a undisputed fact that Police would never dare to enter this neck of the woods, knowing it was out of their reach. Legend is the moonshiners, lived in these woods.
SPENDING THE NIGHT: When you reserve a room, you acknowledge your aware that the building is haunted, and the bedroom your sleeping in is known for paranormal activity. Furthermore you accept these conditions, and choose to proceed.
"BRAVERY IS REQUIRED"