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9:00 PM - 2:00 AM


You may have seen it on TV, featured on “Paranormal Lockdown,” and think, well, “that’s just a TV show…” but are you brave enough to actually go behind the walls of the infamous Beattie Mansion in St. Joseph, Missouri? And if so, will you stay for the entire event at what’s considered the most haunted house in town? This is your chance to find out!

The Beattie Mansion – dubbed the “House on the Hill” – is one of St. Joseph’s many incredible and historic homes. And like so many of those old mansions, it’s also haunted!

Built in 1854 by Armstrong and Eliza Beattie as their personal residence, the building originally consisted of just the east wing. Armstrong was the first banker in St. Joseph and was a respected and wealthy businessman. He was first elected mayor in 1857 and would go on to be re-elected four more times -- the only person to serve five terms in office.

Armstrong died mysteriously in 1878 after a “sudden bout of cholera.” Eliza died 2 years later in 1880 and the couple left no heirs. The home was sold to the Ladies Union Benevolence Association and became a “Home for the Friendless,” accommodating the homeless and distressed. In 1895, along with funding from a private family, the home was expanded, and the west wing was built.

In 1895, the home was converted into the Memorial Home for the Aged, which it remained for the next century. In 1995, needing more modern facilities, the residence was moved to a new location. The mansion became a temporary group home for the mentally ill and substance addicts. In 2004, it was purchased by the current owner with eventual plans to turn it into a bed and breakfast.

With such an unusual history – and large numbers of people passing through and dying in the building – it’s no surprise that it has a reputation for being haunted.

During the initial renovations on the house in the 2010s, numerous contractors and workers had bizarre experiences in the house, convincing many of them to never return. They heard disembodied voices, inexplicable footsteps, saw shadow figures, and one many even came face-to-face with a full-bodied apparition. In 2017, the house was opened for paranormal investigations as the owners searched for answers about the activity.

Many believe that the most prominent spirit in the house is Eliza Beattie, who is mostly encountered on the second floor, between the east and west wings. She seems to jealously guard entry to the original part of the house, mostly targeted men that she believes is invading her part of the house. Her husband, Armstrong, is also believed to be present. He paces the halls of the east wing and has been heard whistling.

The lower portions of the house may contain spirits from another era in the house’s history. Spirits of children and adult men have been seen in the kitchen. A man in overalls and a white shirt had been encountered in the basement and there have been a number of events experienced, like the sound of a piano playing, people being touched, scratched, and grabbed, strange behavior by electrical equipment and much more.

If you’ve got the stamina to join us for this event, we’ll hope to see you in St. Joseph – you never know who might be waiting for you!