By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
LIBERTY, MO (KCTV) -
A local winery will soon be featured on national television, but not necessarily for its wines.
As if the stories aren't eerie enough, the Belvoir Winery in Liberty, MO, has a real skeleton dating back to the 1880s to add authenticity. In fact, the winery is getting such a name for itself it will soon be featured on national television.
Belvoir Winery is best known for the beautiful scenery, top shelf wine selection and paranormal activity. It's so well known that the ScyFy channel's Ghost Hunters spent several days at it shooting an hour-long episode set to air in June.
CEO Jesse Leimkuehler spends a lot of time in the former orphanage, which dates back to 1900 and, at first, he was a skeptic. That is until he said the piano sitting inside started playing itself.
"I looked and the cover was down, there was nobody in the room. I checked the security footage, there had been nobody in the room the whole time and the lid was down the whole time so there was no way anybody could have been playing the piano," Leimkuehler said.
For those who don't believe the story, Rachel Shirk's close encounter might change their minds.
"This is where I saw the apparition or whatever you want to call it," she said as she points down a hallway towards a room.
Shirk said she was alone finishing up some work late at night when she spotted something lurking in a hallway. It was something she'll never forget.
"It was a little taller than I am, it was a gray fog. As strange as that sounds, it was just like what a ghost would look like, except it had no detail, no face, just a blob," she said.
There's no denying the building is eerie. With its dungeon-like basement and rocking chairs that look like they belong in a horror movie, it leaves many asking if it's really haunted.
"I don't know, it's hard to say. It has some character which lends itself to maybe being haunted. I could see some hauntings going on here," said Wendy Vanduyne, who took a tour of the winery. "I might be a believer."
If you'd like to see for yourself what all the stories are about, you can book a public paranormal investigation tour.
Click here for more information on the winery and its tours.
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