Lilac Hill

Fayette, Mo

Located 1/2 mile southwest of Fayette on State Road 5. This home is listed as a historic Missouri home and is a private residence, not open to the public. Lilac Hill was built in 1832 by A.W. Morrison and stands as the one of the oldest homes in Central Missouri. Build by slave labor and handmade bricks, the house was named from the hundreds of lilac bushes that surrounded the estate. The Morrison family occupied the house until 1952, when the last descendant passed away. Between then and 1974, when the Davis family moved in, four families occupied the house. None of them complained of a haunting. Then, in 1977, the historic mansion suddenly became haunted. The Davis family reported a variety of weird phenomena that included sounds of chains being dragged in an upstairs hallway, doors being locked and unlocked on their own and an invisible presence that climbed into the owner’s bed at night. Psychics who conducted research at the house (including well-known ghost hunter Maurice Schwalm) claimed that the ghost was of “Miss Minnie,” the last mistress of the original family who had owned the mansion. She had passed away in 1949. Miss Minnie continued to haunt the house for years. In 1987, family members heard a vacuum cleaner running in the living room and were surprised to discover that the equipment had been moved from where it had been left in the room. Miss Minnie has been blamed for a variety of similar activity, strange sounds and even frequent.

Appearances – She was described as being an elderly woman who was always dressed in black and while often seen, she was only seen by the children who are either living or visiting the house. Maurice Schwalm believed that this was because energy levels were higher with the children present. When they moved out though, the activity seemed to continue. The next family to live in the mansion, David and Joanie Wells, also reported strange happenings like crashing sounds as though plaster had fallen from the walls or ceiling. A search would find nothing out of the ordinary. They also reported sometimes hearing male and female voices in conversation when no one was present. In addition, their dog often chased things that no one could see.

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