Ed Gein Roadtrip
Ed Gein Roadtrip – Plainfield, WI
On May 24th, 2006 we finally made our pilgrimage to Plainfield to experience the legend of Ed Gein for ourselves. Aside from a few uncomfortable glances from the local inhabitants, being momentarily followed by a creepy old towtruck, and unknowingly leaving with some souvenir ticks, it was an enlightening trip. When you are there it all makes sense.
Directions to Ed Gein’s Property and the Plainfield Cemetery (map)
I-35 exit 136. West on Hwy 73 a little over a mile, then left (south) on Hwy KK. After two miles, turn right (west) on Archer Ave. The former Gein property is one mile west, at the corner of Archer and 2nd Aves. NO TRESPASSING signs are on almost every tree on the property that lines Archer. The driveway is overgrown and blocked by a chain with a wooden sign that reads “Fischer.”
Most of the Gein property was carved up and sold off, but the land the farmhouse sat on is currently owned by the grandson of the man who bought it when it was auctioned off in 1958.
Fischer put the property up for sale in April of 2006, but there has been no recent news of it’s sale.
The Plainfield Cemetery is just outside of town on 5th Ave. (map)
I still don’t know the exact location of the tavern owned by Mary Hogan, where, one night after bar close in 1951 Ed Gein shot her and dragged her out to his truck. If anyone has any idea where this is, please contact us.