Haunted Stillwater: Paranormal Investigations Event is Saturday at the Warden’s House

Warden’s house. Is it haunted? (Photo by Bill Hering via Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group)

Bill Hering

Warden’s house. Is it haunted? (Photo by Bill Hering via Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group)

The Johnsdale Paranormal Group is hosting their fourth annual “Paranormal Investigations: Techniques & Theories” program on Saturday, October 29 at the Warden’s House Museum.

Presentations will be held at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Each time slot will feature the same program, and lasts about 80 minutes.

For the past seven years, the Johnsdale Paranormal Group has been performing “ghost hunt” investigations at famously haunted places such as the Mabel Tainter Theater in Menomonie, the Waverly Hills Sanitorium in Kentucky, the Squirrel Cage Jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and of course, the Warden’s House in Stillwater.

During this free presentation, Johnsdale Paranormal Group’s founder Justin Miner and his co-investigators will delve into audio and video evidence they have collected. They will also explain the state-of-the-art equipment, theories and techniques they use during a “ghost hunt.”


Here’s a couple of other popular ghost stories from the area:


The Warden’s House was built in 1853 as the residence of the Minnesota Territorial Prison warden. There were 13 wardens who lived in the house until 1914, when the prison moved to its present site in Bayport.

The last warden to live in the house was Henry Wolfer.

As one ghost story goes, Wolfer had a daughter, Trudy, who grew up in the house, married and moved to Blue Earth, Minn. Trudy died of appendicitis shortly after giving birth to her son.

Wolfer took his grandson in and raised the baby in the Warden’s house until he and his family moved west, according to a book entitled “Ghost Stories of Minnesota.”

Over the years, psychics who have investigated the Warden’s House claim to have seen a young woman searching for her baby and complaining of stomach pains.

Rumor has it a young girl once asked a Warden’s House tour guide if “that woman” is always standing in the Master Bedroom.

People have also reported hearing sounds like someone shoveling coal coming from the basement.

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