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The Top Haunted Graveyard Tours In St. Louis

October 27, 2012 1:00 PM

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(Photo credit: Lemp Mansion Facebook)

(Photo credit: Lemp Mansion Facebook)

As the bewitching season approaches, haunts of St. Louis once again become popular places to visit. St. Louis has no shortage of its own legendary venues and accompanying scary stories. Why not make it a social event? After your tour, enjoy dinner, a movie or a show. Just beware! Ghosts may be lurking between courses and intermissions.
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Bellefontaine Cemetery
4947 W. Florissant Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63115
(314) 381-0750
www.bellefontainecemetery.org

Calvary Cemetery
5239 W. Florissant Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63135
(314) 792-7738
www.archstl.org

No personal haunted tour would be worthwhile without visiting a haunted cemetery. North County’s Bellefontaine and Calvary cemeteries own some of St. Louis’ most notorious ghostly legends. In 1849, the rural Bellefontaine Cemetery was intended to be a multidenominational last resting place. Hitchhike Annie has been the talk of ghost hunters since the early 1940s. Annie has been haunting the surrounding roadways of the area, coaxing unsuspecting good Samaritans to give her a ride and then mysteriously disappearing from their cars without a trace. Bellefontaine and Calvary Cemetery entrances are on West Florissant Avenue. Both are open daily or by appointment on weekends. Maps and cemetery information is available in the cemetery offices.

Related: Historic Cemetery to be Restored

jeffersonbarracks The Top Haunted Graveyard Tours In St. Louis

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Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
2900 Sheridan Road
St. Louis, MO 63125
(314) 845-8320
www.cem.va.gov

The ghost stories of Jefferson Barracks are many and chilling. Established in 1826 to house soldiers who were stationed to protect settlers from the Indians, it was later used as a military hospital and then as a cemetery in 1863. Several versions of a story involving sentries who still patrol the property are part of the barrack’s mystery. The cemetery is in South County off of Telegraph Road and open to the public every day of the year from dawn until dusk.

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The Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn
3322 DeMenil Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 664-8024
www.lempmansion.com

After a busy day or evening of ghost hunting, perhaps you may wish to dine in one of America’s most haunted places. The Lemp Mansion is the venue of one of St. Louis’ most tragic stories and many folks believe the story lives on in the haunted mansion. A wealthy brewery family experienced the loss of many of its family members in the extravagant Victorian mansion and many believe the family still haunts the home. Now it serves as a restaurant, inn and dinner theater. There is no better time of year to visit the mansion and experience fine dining, entertainment and the intrigue of its history than now.

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A Trilogy Of Terror
www.scarefest.com

While cemeteries are a logical and even predictable place to go looking for ghosts and supernatural excitement, there’s a lot to be said for the haunted house. Trilogy of Terror offers three opportunities for thrills, excitement and horror. The Darkness in downtown St. Louis (1525 South 8th Street) and Creepyworld (1400 Old Highway 141 in Fenton) offer opportunities to scare and horrify you, but the Haunting at Lemp Brewery Haunted House (3500 Lemp Brewery Road) takes you on a tour of the previously unexplored underground caverns of the old brewery. This is an experience not for the faint of heart. Tickets for the tours range between $20 and $50.

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Powell Symphony Hall
718 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 553-2500
www.stlsymphony.org

Built in 1925, the theater originally presented live vaudeville performances and motion pictures. Former vaudevillian George, a man known to be dressed in a white suit, has been haunting the theater since that time. He has been known to play with the lights and elevators in the house, so beware as you make your way to your seats at the next performance. You never know when George will make his next appearance.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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