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Join American Hauntings for a chilling night at a Jefferson County, Missouri haunted landmark — the spooky Morse Mill Hotel! Spend the entire night searching for the restless spirits of this historical spot during a private overnight ghost hunt. This may be your chance to finally come face-to-face with the specters of the past as they roam the hallways, rooms and corridors of this old, rambling hotel. Built in 1816, the original one-room structure was expanded into a tavern and and inn in the middle 1800s by John Moore, a bridge engineer who went on to become a Confederate officer in Missouri during the Civil War. According to legend, he became acquainted with the Jesse and Frank James during the war and in the midst of their outlaw career of the 1860s and 1870s, he often offered them refuge at the hotel.
Local lore has also connected female serial killer Bertha Gifford to the hotel, likely since she is buried in the nearby Morse Mill Cemetery. In November 1928, Bertha was convicted of killing two people, but it’s believed that she may have poisoned as many as 17 people from 1910 to 1928.
The Morse Mill Hotel has a long history as a private residence, Confederate field hospital, speakeasy during Prohibition and a brothel — all of which are believed to have contributed to its history of haunting activity. There have been dozens of reports of strange encounters and eerie happenings at the old hotel and American Hauntings is now offering you a chance to experience those things for yourself! Spend the night looking for the ghosts of this historic — and very haunted — hotel with a limited number of ghost hunters during a private ghost hunt. Find out if the place is really as haunted as so many people claim!