Johnsdale Paranormal Group has been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to investigate at the Warden's House Museum in Stillwater, Minnesota on many occasions. On our first trip to the museum in August, 2012, Site Director Sean Pallas gave us a tour and educated us on the history of the location, which also helped shed a little more light on the reported claims of paranormal activity at the Warden's House. For more information on the history of the Warden's House, feel free to check out the Washington County Historical Society website at www.wchsmn.org, or stop by the Warden's House at 602 Main St. N. in Stillwater, MN for a guided tour!
The most notorious claim of paranormal activity is of a woman in a white dress seen on the second floor going from room to room. She has also reportedly been seen in the second floor windows from the street, when supposedly no one was in the building. Gertrude (Trudy) Wolfer (Chambers), daughter of Henry Wolfer, the last warden to live in the house, died from an onset of appendicitis shortly after giving birth to her son Winston. Winston came to live at the Warden’s House with his grandparents. Some believe “The White Woman” is Gertrude, searching the house for Winston. Some also believe that Gertrude is the cause of a cradle seen rocking by itself in the master bedroom. On September 24th, 1908, Gertrude's funeral was held at the Warden's House prior to her being laid to rest in the town's cemetery.
Another claim of paranormal activity is that people have seen apparitions of a man in prisoner’s clothing wandering the grounds. It was common during the time, for prisoners to be assigned to work at the Warden’s House in order to maintain the house and property. Apparently, one prisoner was given the job of taking care of the horses and maintaining the original carriage house. He was also allowed to live in a cell near the building that was cut into the limestone wall surrounding the property. He was said to have loved his job so much that after he was released from prison, he went into downtown and threw a brick through a jewelry store window, in hopes of getting put back into the prison and getting his old job back.
Below you will find numerous audio clips, video clips, and still photos of the odd things we have captured during our investigations.