One of Missouri’s Most Haunted Mansions!
The Wyeth Tootle Mansion, St Joseph, Missouri
The imposing, gothic style mansion was commissioned by William and Eliza Wyeth and built in 1879. William Wyeth had developed his small business into the successful Wyeth Hardware and Manufacturing Company and Wyeth Saddle Factory. The couple’s mansion was built with over a million bricks and a turret on the north side, leading the home to be called the “castle on the hill,” and sometimes just the “house on the hill.” The family resided in the front part of the house with ornate parquet floors and walnut woodwork. They entertained in the large rooms on the first floor and slept in bedroom suites on the second. The third-floor housed servants and their workrooms.
In 1887, the Wyeth mansion was sold to the widow Kate Tootle. Her recently deceased husband, Milton Tootle Sr is credited with creating St Joseph’s “Golden Age,” and was one of the richest residents of the area. The couple’s son and wife, Milton Tootle Jr and Lillian Tootle became the next residents of the Wyeth Tootle Mansion and both died in their home in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The mansion’s ownership passed to the City of St Joseph and it became the St Joseph Museum headquarters before the museum moved to the site of the Glore Psychiatric Hospital nearby.