Chad Lewis is not saying the Swensson Farm Museum is
haunted, but there are stories about the Chippewa
County historic site.
The Swensson farm is one of about 70 sites in Lewis’s
soon-to-be released book, the “Minnesota Road Guide to
The house and barn were built of brick by Olof
Swensson and daughter Katie, and completed in 1903.
Stories Lewis heard about the Swensson farm covered in
his latest book include a story that Swensson built a
secret tunnel from the basement of his farm house to
the family cemetery just in case one of his children
was buried prematurely, and reports of neighbors
seeing lights flickering at night when the house is
“One of the stories I had heard was that when the
Chippewa County Historical Society took possession of
the house, a cross was painted in blood on a basement
wall. From interviewing people, it turns out a cross
was painted on a basement wall, but in red paint.”
Lewis also says there is no sign of a tunnel between
the house and the family cemetery.
Lewis got interested in reported hauntings while
studying psychology in college.
He said he both wanted to find possible real hauntings
and get a handle on why many people are willing to
believe in ghosts and hauntings.
Lewis also said the haunted sites that made the grade
had to be “accessible and current.
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