Sunday, June 9, 2013

Belvoir Winery is a Ghostly Place

Belvoir Winery


A few weeks ago, we visited a winery because I saw it advertised on the SyFy channel.  I couldn't believe it was so close to us. It was fun to visit the bar for a wine tasting, cheese and crackers and historical information about this place.  We visited the rooms, looked at pictures and walked around outdoors. You can do this any day for free except for the cheese and crackers do cost, but it's very minimal. 

Belvoir Winery located in Liberty, Missouri has long been known as one of the most haunted locations in the Midwest.  The winery is going to be on Ghost Hunters, the SyFy channel June 26th at 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  For those who would like to watch the show at the winery check their website to find out about tickets.

There are many events you can attend at Belvoir Winery for those who enjoy all things paranormal:

Boo's and Booze - This event offers the opportunity for people to learn about the history of this property started by the Odd Fellows while learning more about wines and the paranormal.  Nick Spantgos, their lead paranormal investigator at the winery, shows guests the tools used during the investigations and will answer questions you may have about paranormal activity at the winery and other places.  Event includes cheese/crackers, chocolates, tasting of all wines, and a souvenir glass to take home with you.  Tickets are $35.00/person.

Evening Paranormal Investigation - Evening is a five hour interactive experience with a paranormal investigative team.  You accompany paranormal investigators in small groups to various locations on the site.  The team will bring out gear for you to use during the investigation.  You're also welcome to bring your own camera, video camera, audio recorder, etc. to record your own evidence while on site.  Evening investigations are from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Tickets are $50.00/person.

All-Night Paranormal Investigation - This event is for the diehard paranormal fans.  All-night events are held to allow you the experience of a full investigation at the winery.  Like the evening investigation, you can bring your own gear, or you can use gear provided by the team.  Tickets are $100/person.  These tickets are limited so you need to lock them in as soon as possible. 

 You might even want to have a wedding there for those of you more adventurous folks.  Smile!

More information about these events can be found on their website.  

The dream of the property being turned into a vineyard started 15 years ago, when the first vines were planted.  The name Belvoir is French for beautiful view.  After Dr. John L. Bean and his wife, Marsha saw the beautiful vistas they wanted to turn the Odd Fellows Historic District into a unique event location. 

The initial renovation involves the basement and first floor of the Administration building.  The basement is being converted into the wine processing facility for the vineyard.  The first floor will be the event and business hub of the winery.  In addition to three dining rooms, the first floor also contains a wine tasting bar, a deli/ice cream shop and a library.   

Here is a bit of history about the Odd Fellows:

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) is one of the largest fraternal and benevolent orders in the United States.  The chief purpose of the order is to give aid, assistance, and comfort to its members and their families. 

IOOF is a secret society, and has its own system of rites and passwords.  The first lodge was organized in Missouri in 1835 and incorporated in 1843.  Where the winery and its buildings stand today, there was a hospital, orphanage and old folk's home.  It was one of the first of its kind in Missouri.  More fascinating history can be found at the website:

For those of you interested in history, paranormal and all things unique you might want to plan a visit to the Belvoir Winery.  If you can't make the trip the next best thing would be to visit the website. 

See you next weekend, folks. 

Sandra K. Marshall




Linda LaRoque said...

I love to visit wineries and this one is beautiful. I also watch Ghost Hunters on occasion; however, I don't think I'd want to do one of their all night events. A short one maybe Interesting post, Sandy!

Sandy said...

Thank you for your comment, Linda. My hubby is hooked on Ghost Hunters and SyFy. lol

Melissa Keir said...

Sounds like a fun place to visit. We have a local hotel in Michigan that is supposedly haunted and was featured in various paranormal shows. I went there for dinner and a comedy show but didn't see anything. I would love to actually have a real experience! Did you notice anything when you were at the winery?

Sandy said...

Thanks for coming by Melissa. I kept getting an eerie feeling every time I looked up at the second floor. The second hasn't been renovated yet, so we couldn't go up there.

The second floor is where the orphaned boys and girls lived. The girls lived on one side and the boys on the other side. They came down the stairs on their side and you could see where the steps were worn.

There were a couple of other spots I kind of got a creepy feeling, but I didn't actually have an experience. I think something would be more likely to happen if it was night time.

Melissa Keir said...

That would have been cool and a little scary to be there alone at night. Was there a trauma there? Why do they think it was haunted?

The Comeback Kid said...

I can't believe you just discovered that place. Karen and I go there at least once a year. We'll have to do it together sometime.

Diana Lambdin Meyer said...

I have not yet been there either and must do so soon. I hear such great things. Thanks for nudging me along!!!

Gemma Juliana said...

Hi Sandy,
I really enjoyed your blog post. I love both haunted places and wineries. This sounds like a fascinating place, and I hope to watch the Syfy episode. Thanks for sharing!

Sandy said...

Looking forward to it, Tom/The Comeback Kid.

Thanks, Diana. Glad to nudge you along. Wink!

You're welcome, Gemma.

Jill James said...

Cool looking scary place. My RWA chapter is having the local Ghost Hunters team come to a meeting and talk about what they do, why, and the equipment they use.