Lemp haunted mansion in St. Louis MO has a dark past

What started out as a lavish family mansion and one of the Midwest’s largest breweries, eventually turned into the sight of several dead and would become one of America’s most haunted places. Have you ever heard of the Lemp family?

The story of the Lemp family is tragic and certainly lends itself to tales of ghosts, spirits and hauntings. The story goes back to the 1860s when the Lemp Mansion was built. A decade later, the Lemp brewery was in full swing and had become the largest brewing company in Saint-Louis. Before long, the good news would end for the Lemp family. The brewery would be closed in 1919 and by the late 1940s seven members of the Lemp family (and one family dog) were said to have died, several by suicide, all within the walls of the mansion.

Death of the Lemp family over the years

  • 1901 – Frederick Lemp dies at age 28 under mysterious circumstances.
  • 1904 – William Lemp, Sr. commits suicide in the family mansion.
  • 1920 – Elsa Lemp Wright (Willam’s sister) dies after shooting herself in the heart.
  • 1922 – Willam Lemp, Jr. commits suicide in the family mansion.
  • 1943 – William Lemp III (son of William Jr) dies of a heart attack at the age of 42.
  • 1949 – Charles Lemp (William Jr.’s brother) commits suicide in his mansion bedroom after shooting his dog in the basement.

These days the Manoir Lemp has become a restaurant and an inn, serving fine cuisine, renting rooms and hosting various events. But when you’re considered by many to be one of the ten most haunted places in America, you’ve got to give people what they want – ghost tours and details about the mansion’s haunted history. You can book a spot on one of the weekly ghost tours and decide for yourself if the stories are true.

If you are looking for a different kind of fear, you must go to the Lemp Brewery, which has been turned into a more traditional “haunted house”, you know, the kind where you pay to walk through a building and people jump up and scare you.

The Lemp brewery / missouriencyclopedia.org

I don’t know if I really believe a place can be haunted, although I know people (who aren’t crazy) who claim to have seen and experienced things that are quite inexplicable. I can tell you that I have never personally experienced any kind of haunting, and I have no desire for it. You’re going to visit the Lemp family right away – in whatever form – and let me know how it’s going.

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