The "Future" Pre Civil War B&B!
The Morse Mill Hotel
A Pre Civil War Bed & Breakfast
The 1st thing we learned about the building is how solid it was built, it's obvious the bridge engineer was going to ensure it's longevity. The 24inch thick stone walls in the basement and the 3 x 5 inch oak studs in the walls are not for show.
As for the spirits. We have noticed if people don't engage, or make any effort to confront the paranormal nothing happens. They hear, and or see nothing. So if your afraid that it will be too scary, don't be. I live on the 1st floor, with my wife and son. They leave us alone.
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. The wood floors are the original floors, so your stepping where Jesse James, Al Capone, Serial killers, Charles Chaplain, Lindbergh, and others have walked.
The hotel was a very 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.
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".
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 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 "Edward" 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? Last Saturday the big guy was seen in the attic.
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.
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. Recently in September, 2020 there have been reports of hearing poker chips, card shuffling, and saxophone music always in room #2 Bay Window room.
Much to our surprise the building is actually very quiet, peaceful, and restful. We don't hunt down the spirits and they leave us alone on the 1st floor.
"BRAVERY IS REQUIRED"
Guided Daylight Tours
We will walk you thru a truly haunted building, show you the areas that are historically active, in the paranormal sense. As well as share the History. Duration 45 min. to 1hr. $50 per person, group discount 6 or more $45 per person. Maximum 12 people per tour. At the end of the tour if time allows we will permit guests to explore using our K2 meters. Let the guide know in advance if this interests you.
(This tour is not too scary)
6pm to 7pm, 7 days a week
Guided Night Tours
This requires scheduling in advance. We will bring you in the building, and show you the areas that are historically active. We will provide insight into what has been successful in the past, when looking for Paranormal activity. We'll then let you ghost hunt on your own, or stay with the guide! Duration of 2 hours $75 per person. Group discount 6 or more people $70 per person.
(Yes, this can get scary)
8pm to 10pm, 7 days a week
What to do next!
Pick a date>Pick the time>Get a headcount>send tour request....text to 636.221.0284, or leave a voice message-be patient it might take 24 hrs. to return a call. Texting is quickest!