Harrington-Merrill House

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Built around 1820, the house is said to be haunted by a Native American Sioux named Little Crow and his son, who were both shot by a farmer while spending the night in the house. Some reports say the son was not killed.

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225 Washington Avenue
Hutchinson, MN
United States

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44.89283515762164, -94.37304478882652
McLeod County, Minnesota
Nearest Towns:
Hutchinson, MN (0.4 mi.)
Biscay, MN (6.6 mi.)
Cedar Mills, MN (8.1 mi.)
Silver Lake, MN (8.7 mi.)
Brownton, MN (11.2 mi.)
Stewart, MN (12.9 mi.)
Dassel, MN (13.4 mi.)
Glencoe, MN (13.8 mi.)
Rice Lake, MN (14.0 mi.)
Darwin, MN (14.2 mi.)


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  1. Chief Little Crow and his son were NOT shot in the house. The native Americans and the white settlers were having a war, and Chief Little Crow burned down most of the houses in the town. One exception was the Herrington-Merrill House. He had planned on saving this house for himself to live in. However, not long after, Chief Little Crow was shot in a field just north of town, while picking berries with his son.

    There is actually quite a bit of old native American history in this little town, I’m surprised it’s not more ‘haunted’ than it is.

  2. I would like to correct the fact that Chief Little Crow and his son were actually shot about, I want to say 6 or 7 miles north of Hutchinson by a farmer. As far as I understand, there is no reason to believe that they haunt the Herrington house, unless the spirits were drawn there after Little Crow’s body was dragged and abused on main street in Hutch.

  3. Chief Little Crow and his son were picking wild berries when he was shot and killed by a settler. There is a stone marker north of town where this happened. Back in 1955, the year Hutch celebrated its centennial,the local paper, The Hutchinson Leader, published a lot of the town’s history. The fighting happened when the Civil War was also taking place. It was a sad time in the history of our town.

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