The "Future" Pre Civil War B&B!

The Morse Mill Hotel

The "Haunted"

Pre Civil War Bed & Breakfast

 

The History!


 

  • HOTEL DEMOLITION: The current owner stopped the demolition of the building, with 10 days to spare in 2007. The only  reason he was successful was he blueprinted the entire structure and then had a 82 page"Structural Engineering" report created. This report proved that the building was not the dilapidated structure the authorities said it was. 1 staircase needed to be strengthened.

  • GENERAL STORE DEMOLITION: We couldn't save the General Store, so we deconstructed it, de nailed it and it's been on racks kept out of the weather in the shed for 14 years. These massive stones, and hand carved 42 ft x 8 inch x 14 inch oak beams, will be the materials that the open air Pavilion will be built out of. Think music festivals, weddings, private events, auctions, yoga class, anything that is a positive impact on the township.

  • THE BUILDING: 1st settled in 1816, as a farmhouse when it was Spanish Territory, in 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. In the walls on the 2nd floor is the farm house roof framing, the bridge builders used it instead of removing it-smart! The roof when replaced in 2017, was decked with what we learned to be Cyprus. Huge planks, dimensions unavailable today.

  • 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.

  • PARANORMAL: Those that investigate the building have experienced many unique events. Visitors see, hear or feel things that have no logical explanation. For years people have said, they sense nothing evil yet something just moved in front of or touched them. Hearing footsteps is my personal favorite. When I walk in, turn off the alarm and hear footsteps across the upper floor I now just go about my business. If you want first hand experience, truly wish to know…….45 minutes SW of St. Louis is your answer. I

  • 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.

  • This place has been a private home, speakeasy, brothel ,half way house, Confederate Hospital, Underground Railroad, Indian Burial site, Post Office, multiple murder scene spanning decades, scene of a hanging and several known murderers have visited and stayed here.

  • WHAT WE ALLOW: We provide guided tours, exclusive Paranormal Team investigations, and new this year we will offer limited overnight lodging. We are setting up an exercise room, have WiFi and we are even going to create a private beach on the banks of the river 500 feet away. We are working on plans to build a pavilion for music festivals, weddings, private parties.

"BRAVERY IS REQUIRED"

 

PICTURE GALLERY

 

What to expect from a guided Tour!

     When we conduct a "Tour" AKA Paranormal Investigation, we walk thru the building for 2 reasons. Our goal is share the history, as well as let you walk the interior, so you know the layout. We won't tell ghost stories, unless asked. We want you to experience your own.

     Prior to entering the building, we suggest your group have a discussion about your visit-Speak to your group, about the following details we’ve identified from years of tracking paranormal tours. Doing this will increase the chances that you have the experience you seek!

  • WHISPER: When you 1st enter, do so quietly. Pay close attention to your surroundings as you walk thru. Pay attention to where your group is, so if you hear footsteps in the attic above you. You'll know if it's someone in your group. A lot has happened in the first 15 minutes of a tour!

  • CHARGE BATTERIES: Bring Flashlights, fully charged, and if you have extra batteries we suggest you leave in the car. They have a way of being completely drained upon entry.

  • RECORDING DEVICES: Bring anything that records, shoot video, take still photo's, run a digital recorder. Fully charged of course, but leave the devices in the car till your going to use them.

  • POLITENESS: Be respectful, and brave. Do not use racial slurs, or mouth off using vulgar language. Especially in the slave dungeon. If someone near you is ignoring this warning-get away from them! We have a saying, you'll get what you bring in. Show up with a chip on the shoulder, pissed, angry you'll bring out pissed and angry. Happy, friendly and amazing things can happen

  • PHYSICAL CONTACT: Big men draw a few of the spirits out, especially if acting foolish, rude, arrogant. The only people that have been physically thrown are large, cocky men. If someone near you is ignoring this warning-get away from them quickly!

  • UNCONTROLLED SCREAMING/GIGGLING:When someone gets scared, or weird in any way, simply escort them to exit the building and walk away till you feel they are settled-never run! Besides you can't out run them! DON'T SCREAM!!!

  • PICTURE TAKING: Take pictures in sets of 3, the 2nd or 3rd tends to capture things your eyes will not see.

  • BE AWARE: Pay close attention to your senses, when paranormal activity happens it happens extremely fast. DON'T SCREAM!!

  • DON'T BE LATE: Try to get everyone to the property, parked, and ready to enter 15 minutes before your scheduled time, feel free to walk around the building taking pictures.

  • SOBER WORKS: Do not arrive intoxicated-we will not let you enter!

  • SMOKING: All smoking is done by your vehicle, nowhere near the building.

  • SHARE: Share what you experience, even if it's not logical. Odds are good the "Guide", can connect with the source of your experience. Usually the spirits will start engaging a group, at first in a small way.

  • BRAVERY: Remember this is real, nothing is fabricated. Therefore  no one should be here against their will. No one should be brought here, unaware of the potential for a paranormal event! It has been our experience, that you will get exactly what you bring. If angry, you'll get anger. If high energy, fun, it can make the activity go full throttle upon entry.

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