Monday, November 4, 2013

Moonlight Monday: Lemp Mansion

I thought Moonlight Monday would be the perfect time to write about the Haunted Lemp experience. We went there for my birthday on October 15th. We started out with a tour hosted by the St. Louis Paranormal Research Society. I loved that they had night vision video equipment as we were able to tape our tour in the complete darkness of the mansion.

The mansion certainly isn't huge by today's standards but it is very spacious. There is a basement level, main level, 2nd story and then the attic.
We started on the main floor and climbed to the darkness. I found the stairs a little hard to maneuver in the darkness but we made it. In the attic now there are three sleeping rooms. The Frederick Lemp room, the Lewis Lemp room and the Elsa room. The attic was actually the servants quarters. This level is said the be haunted by Zeke, a down's syndrome child who was locked away in the attic which was quite common in the 1800s and early 1900s.
This picture shows the railing where Zeke fell to his death. He fell all the way to the basement level. As we were climbing this stairway after the tour (in the light) I kept turning around because I had the oddest sensation that someone was behind me on the stairs and I thought it was a guest but no one was there!
Kelsey and I slept on the third floor in the Frederick Lemp room and we both felt Zeke's presence. He even moved a piece of candy that Kelsey left for him. My other daughter and niece stayed on the second floor in the Charles Lemp room and they did not have quite as peaceful of night. This is the room where Charles shot himself.
During the night they kept hearing loud banging noises in the corner where he shot himself and at one point Katie heard growling. Later a picture we took showed a shadow dog image in this very room near the sofa.
This is the Charles Lemp room and the sofa is over in the corner where the noises came from. Directly behind that wall and to the right is the locked and closed off haunted nursery which they will not let anyone into.
I definitely want to spend the night there again sometime to continue our investigation.

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