The Pipestone County Museum is hosting its 5th Annual Pipestone Paranormal Weekend Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13. The weekend event is packed with 'Paranormal' fun for this Halloween season and the award-winning documentary "Villisca: Living with a Mystery" is included in the line-up.
The weekend events will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 with Bedtime Stories at the Calumet. Attendees will gather in the historic Calumet Inn’s dining room to hear stories of paranormal encounters experienced by the hotel staff and share their own stories. Following the telling of stories, a candlelight tour of the historic inn will be given and attendees can try out their ghost hunting applications and equipment.
Saturday’s events begin with a Meet & Greet registration at the Pipestone County Museum, 113 S Hiawatha Ave, Pipestone, MN, 9:00 a.m.
A free showing of the award-winning documentary “Villisca: Living With a Mystery,” by Emmy-nominated Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films will screen at 11:00 A.M. The film focuses on the 1912 ax murders of eight people in Villisca, Iowa, a crime that remains unsolved. Viewers are asked to meet at Pipestone County Museum.
Sometime during the night of Sunday, June 9, 1912, a person or persons unknown entered a modest house in Villisca, Iowa and bludgeoned to death Josiah B. Moore, his wife Sara, and their children Herman, Katherine, Boyd, and Paul and overnight guests Lena and Ina Stillinger. The crime, known thereafter as the “Villisca axe murders”, is the most notorious mystery in Iowa history. The tragedy spawned nearly ten years of grand jury investigations and three sensational trials all centered around the Montgomery County Court House in Red Oak. The case made and broke political careers and led to the establishment of the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation. The murders also split residents of the small community of Villisca, Iowa over the guilt or innocence of a local suspect, Iowa State Senator Frank Fernando Jones.
Other festivities include psychic readings by Susie Otto, ghostly photos 'struck', cemetery tours, Wild West Ghosts is presented by the authors of Wild West Ghosts, an Amateur’s Guide to Investigating the Paranormal, and a Ghost Hunt led by trained guides at three separate locations in the Pipestone Historic District. Check the link below for fee information.
For a list of events that will take place over the weekend, as well as times and costs, go to https://pipestoneminnesota.com/visitors/events/pipestoneparanorma2/
Contact the Pipestone County Museum to make reservations and purchase event tickets at 507-825-2563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To order a copy of "Villisca: Living with a Mystery" on DVD, click HERE!
Overnight accommodations, Pipestone Hotel Information:
Grand Stay: 507-562-1100
America’s Best Value Inn: 507-690-0091
Calumet Inn: 507-825-5871