1325 Odd Fellows Road
The property surrounding Belvoir Winery is known as the Odd Fellows Home District. This area was established by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F), a secret society and one of the largest fraternal and benevolent orders in the United States. The society provided care and education for its elderly members and orphans of Missouri Odd Fellows. A hospital, old folks home and school were located on-site. The winery is located in the former administration building which housed classrooms for the orphans. Although the building ceased to exist for its original purpose in the early 1950s, some visitors and winery staff believe a few of its original residents never left.
Witnesses say they’ve heard footsteps, seen doors open and close and lights turn on and off. An apparition once appeared in the office. During the encounter, a staff member gathered that the spirit belonged to a middle-aged woman, perhaps a teacher or caretaker. The ghost’s hair was pulled back and she was wearing clothing from another era.
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elieve their special visitors are friendly for the most part and even helpful, opening a door in the basement when someone has their hands full, but they also like to play pranks like unplugging a vacuum cleaner when there is plenty of give to the cord.
If you’re brave of heart and hoping for a run-in with other-worldly, you can book a room for the night. Overnight guests have reported several strange occurrences like the TV in their room randomly turning on or the bathroom door abruptly closing. Others have seen a couple of children appear near their bed or felt the pressure on their bed covers as if a child is trying to climb on. It is a popular destination for paranormal investigators and ghost hunting shows. One investigation captured the sound of children singing “Ring Around the Rosey.” The winery hosts paranormal investigations once a month. If spine-tingling thrills top your list of fun things to do, visit the winery’s website
to learn how you can be a part of the experience.
If you see a spirit during your visit, consider yourself lucky. The winery’s ghosts don’t make daily appearances. They just come and go as they please. However, there is one resident who isn’t going anywhere. That’s George, or at least his skeleton. Make sure you stop by his coffin, pull up a chair and stay for a while. He just may have a bone to pick with you.
330 East First Street
Hermannhof Winery was built in 1852 in the French section of Hermann. The winery’s ten stone cellars and brick superstructure are among the 100 buildings in the town placed on the National Register of Historic places. Winery staff have witnessed unexplainable movements and disturbing noises, including doors that open and close on their own and chairs that scoot across the floor.
Mount Pleasant Estates
5634 High Street
Mount Pleasant Estates is the oldest winery in the Augusta appellation. George and Frederick Muench, two brothers from Germany, established the winery in 1859 as a commercial wine business. Although both died many years ago, winery staff think at least one of the Muench brothers still resides in the wood and limestone cellars he and his brother built in 1881. Flash photography sometimes captures shiny, white orbs which staff believe belong to one of the brothers who still oversees the winery but now prefers a more hands-off approach.
Regina and Lee Ruppert believe a ghost likes to keep them company at their winery, although you won’t hear rattling chains or any other scary noises from their quiet resident. It’s the smell of tobacco that gives their spiritual resident’s presence away. The Rupperts are in the early stages of trying to figure out who still calls their winery home. They suspect the ghost is a Native American or early pioneer.