Knoorp House – DeSoto, Mo

Located off of Vineland And Knorpp Roads, near the railroad tracks. You must walk about a quarter mile down the driveway, past two old barns and an old silo to reach the house. This house was once owned by a slave owner. Voices and strange lights have been reported Orbs have also been reported here. There is an urban legend about the columns at the beginning of the driveway. When you pull up to them, you are not to go between or through them or you will not get out. The house is in very bad condition. The plantation was originally settled in 1806, by a very well known and prosperous family of slave holders. The family at its height owned in excess of 100 slaves, and from all accounts, they were not treated in the best of manners. Even the most minor infractions would result in severe beatings, and more often than not, being hanged, and the body allowed to remain as a warning to others who may be contemplating an insubordinate act. This went on until the Yankees occupied DeSoto, which was a pro Confederate town. (I was raised in a home built on the actual foundation of the Yank encampment on the south end of Wilsons Hollow Road). Hearing that a Union garrison was heading to the plantation, the owner decided that, rather than allow his property to fall into Yankee hands, he had each slave hung along the border of the property to protest the incursion. This would have been in early March of 1862. The Yank officer in charge, taken aback by such a display, ordered the owner taken into Federal custody, a summary court convened, and a conviction ensued. The owner was bound, hanged from the same tree used to "dispatch" his slaves, and his body sat ablaze. Sometimes you can still see the bodies hang from the branches and you can even hear the sounds of the screams. There are times, early in spring on moonless nights when the silhouettes of the hanging slaves still swing from the trees lining the road leading to the “big house”.


7 thoughts on “Knoorp House – DeSoto, Mo”

  1. Yep I’ve been there twice…all up in the woods at Sunrise , all over the land with 3 buddies…took some pics…REAL creepy scene without a doubt. 1st time I went I hadn’t a clue about it because I’m from SoCo, and my lil.Country tweeker buddies lol Said hey let’s go to Knorpp House bro so that’s what we did Spun…..took some pics, didn’t look at them til later, and Wowsers did I get some seriously fucking amazing photos of all kindsa wild shit. I go a handful wicked dem
    monic type shit…also a couple of the best proof positive picture pictures I have ever seen of true spirit manifestatitons in full fuckin form, or atleast what you do see, you see all of it defined, very fuckin sick True Fuckin Story – Richie B Rotten –

    1. Hi Richie, I too am from Soco and interested in this house to go photograph. Any info you can help me with before I head down there.


  2. My dad took me to this property many years ago. My dad and I are really into ghost hunting and urban exploring, and this place is wild! We pulled up past the infamous columns and had no problem getting back out. The main house was built before electricity was common place and all the electrical wiring is on the outside of the walls which I thought was pretty neat. We climbed inside of the old, empty grain silo which was also pretty cool. Paranormal stuff was pretty inactive at the time, but my dad has had some freaky expiriances there in the past. He has heard strange sounds like thousands of flies buzzing in one of the upstairs rooms even though there were no flies, and he was overcome with a horrible negative feeling walking through the basement area. Some words of warning to anyone wanting to visit; BUG SPRAY! I’ve never seen so many ticks in my life! I’ve heard that the man who owns the property lives right down the road from it and is NOT friendly if he catches you there. The house is in very bad condition, and the front porch has completely collapsed since the last time I was there, so I’m not sure if its even possible to get inside anymore.

  3. I’d like to visit this location as a student in History. Do you know how I can get in touch with the caretaker and actually get permission to visit and speak with them? I don’t want to get shot at or arrested for trespassing. Thanks for the help in advance!

    1. His name is Bill Knorpp. He lives nearby on Vineland rd in Desoto. Currently, the house is for sale. His family is the original owner of the land since Desoto was called Knorppton. He will be happy to give you actual facts about the history of the place.

  4. It’s the Knorpp property and it’s still in the Knorpp family ownership. Going into a house that dilapidated is a safety issue, Trespassing is a safety issue for you too. Don’t do it. You don’t want to be like all the others. Do you?

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