8:00 pm – 2:00 am
1500 N. Liberty
Independence, MO 64050
8:00 pm – 2:00 am
1500 N. Liberty, Independence, MO 64050
Vaile Mansion, once off limits to any paranormal investigating, has been high on our list for a live ghost hunt since the doors were opened. Now we’re inviting you to join us in investigating this 31 room extravagant mansion. Once described as ‘one of the most costly and beautiful residences’ in the country, something unexplained seems to hide behind the ornate details. Who lurks in the hallways keeping an eye on the prized possessions within? Some say the original owners Sophia and Colonel Vaile still walk the halls all these years later.
We invite you to join us in a hands-on, late-night ghost investigation to explore what really resides in the mansion. Many claim they have heard the melodic whistling said to be the favorite tune of Colonel Vaile. Others report apparitions of Mrs. Vaile haunting the second floor where she died of an apparent suicide by overdose of morphine.
Do you dare to step into the basement where cages used to sit from its time as a mental institution? Are you brave enough to investigate the room where Sophia died? We hope you’ll join us and bring your interest in the paranormal to help us uncover the many mysteries that have been closed to the public for decades.
Colonel Vaile was caught in the midst of the Star Route Scandal soon after the completion of his opulent mansion. The scandal tarnished his good name and sent him to Washington D.C. to defend himself in court. Though eventually exonerated for any misdeeds, his relief was short lived. Before he could return home to his loving wife he received word that Sophia had passed away from a suspected suicide. Beside himself with grief, it is rumored that he buried her on the grounds in a box with a glass top even with the ground so that he could still go visit her every day. This story is widely disputed in the town, but regardless of where she was buried, Mr. Vaile struggled with her death through his remaining years which he lived out in solitude in the Vaile mansion.
While her husband traveled to Washington D.C. to defend his name during the investigation of the Star Route Scandal, Sophia was left alone in Independence to weather the storm of disgrace the indictment carried among the elites of high society. Ostracized from her friends and now separated from her husband, she was dealt a final crushing blow upon being diagnosed with stomach cancer. On Valentine’s Day of 1883 she was found in her second story bedroom dead of an overdose by morphine. Given the state of her affairs, rumors were abundant that the overdose was intentional and thus another painful element added to the tragic legacy of the Vaile’s.
Having no children to leave the home to, family members fought over the estate until it was finally purchased and used as a home for the mentally ill. This is also not well documented, but according to stories from members of the community, the basement once held metal cages for the out of control patients. Other stories from the time as a care facility include lobotomies, abuse, and a fully operational morgue in the home to accommodate the number of deaths taking place inside.
During his remaining years in the home, Mr. Vaile added a few interesting features to the home that add to the mystery of the place. In one room, in particular, stories report that he hired a painter to hide 300 natural whorls in the wood by painting faces over them. Guests say you can still see the faces today. Another addition to the home was a small smoking room at the front of the house. The most interesting story about this little room took place on the night of his death. Local lore suggests the windows to the small room burst outward on the night of his death as he lay in his bed gasping his last breaths. It’s hard to say if, or how, this could have happened to the windows, but one thing is for sure, whatever remains at the Vaile Mansion has a lot to communicate about their life and time inside the mansion.
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