I went on the Lemp “Haunted” Mansion tour on Thursday night, led by members of a “supernatural investigation” group. A little over a dozen of us from the Saint Louis skeptics group went together on the tour. As skeptics, we had plenty of flashlights and cameras of our own. And we also played with two of our host’s infrared cameras.
I found the indoor aviary room (downstairs; part of the restaurant) most creepy, due to the dark painted outdoor scene. Unlike in my previous visit to the mansion, the gift shop was not freakishly cold this time. (The weather was different; previous trip was early winter, this trip was after a week of quite warm weather.)
It’s a nice bead and breakfast place: The two large 2nd floor rooms are very nice. I liked the cozy and modern bathroom in the Elsa Lemp Suite. I’d like to stay there.
Being a caver, I am of course very interested in the cave under the mansion. Here is a very good site describing the cave:
Looks like when I stood on the 3×3 ft wood cover in the basement, I was probably standing right over a nasty 34 ft drop into the cave. Nice. Good thing I didn’t jump up and down on it. ;->
Here is a much better map of the cave than the one shown in the Lemp Mansion gift shop:
(And the pool is properly marked on this map.)
Postcard from the old Cherokee Cave public tours shown at the bottom of this page:
I have a VHS video tape that includes a legal visit to Cherokee Cave (and also the storm drains under Forest Park and the River des Peres. It’s a 50-minute KETC Channel 9 special called “Under St. Louis”, “St. Louis Chronicles”, 1998. “Produced in cooperation with the Missouri Historical Society.” I think it was a bonus sent to KETC members. (See it pays to be a contributing member of your local public TV and radio stations! ;-)
The eleven minute portion about Cherokee Cave is available on You Tube here:
Here’s a blog, with good pictures, of someone trespassing into the cave, a practice that is ILLEGAL and DANGEROUS!!!