Our warmup to Halloween continues as, we’re back to the banks of the Salado Creek, and to the 150-year-old Victoria’s Black Swan Inn – where guests have reported being attacked by unseen forces. As well as many people dying in the house over the years, it’s also the site of a battle between the Texan army and Mexican militia (Battle of Salado), where over 60 people lost their lives.
Your Event at Victoria's Black Swan Inn
This event is a little different to what we normally do (in a good way!), as it’s a campout event!!
You’ll be sleeping under the stars on the grounds of this impressive home, surrounded by creepy woods! Not only that, but we’ll also have a couple of psychics in attendance who will be performing card readings and mediumship to those who want them, FREE of charge! Food and drinks will be provided throughout the night as well!
The land in which the Black Swan Inn stands has a history dating back to 5,500 B.C. having been used by a Native American Tribe all the way up until 1000 A.D. as it was believed to be a sacred place due to the Salado Creeks seemingly mystical properties. Artifacts from this time period can still be unearthed, confirming the native Americans were in fact in the area during this time!
Centuries later it was the site of a battle known as the Battle of Salado. It was fought between the Texan army and Mexican Militia in 1842. The battle was another failed attempt at trying to reclaim the territory it had lost after the Battle of Jacinto since 1836.
35 years after the Battle of Salado, in 1887, the land was purchased by German immigrant Henrich Mahler for $2,220, who went on to found a dairy farm on that same land. Some years later his wife passed away, and Henrich followed suit shortly after from lovesick grief. Soon after, the land was purchased by the Holbrooks and Woods families. The wives were sisters and the whole family set up shop there.
It was kept in the family until 1973, when it was sold to George L Mehren and Ingeborg Mehren. The property was then sold on to E. Werner Schmidt in 1980, who then sold it to Sunbelt Self Storage, Inc. in 1987. Sunbelt then sold it to the current owner Jo Ann Rivera back in 1991, and she and her family have lived there ever since.
Ghosts of Victoria's Black Swan Inn
Both the owners and guests alike have seen apparitions all over the property, but there seems to be a stronger concentration of sightings in one of the upstairs bedrooms. It’s there that the sighting of a young woman ghost has been seen several times, often sitting on the edge of the bed.
The spirit is believed to be that of Mrs. Woods, as eyewitnesses have reported her striking resemblance to her. Mrs. Woods died in one of the downstairs bedrooms, and it’s there where people often feel an overwhelmingly oppressive heaviness.
Other reports of the paranormal at the Black Swan Inn include sudden drops in temp, disembodied footsteps, knocks, and lights turning on and off. Perhaps the most unnerving of all, however, is the sighting of a man who has been sighted walking throughout the house in what seems to be a fit of rage! Rumor has it he’s the ghost of Hall Park Street, who supposedly committed suicide in the house, though this is a slightly controversial subject.
After a psychic communicated with Park, he believed that Park didn’t commit suicide at all, and was killed in a south wing closet, then moved to another location!
As well as Park’s ghost, the house is reportedly haunted by his wife Joline, who tragically died of cancer at the young age of 38. She is seen dressed in a luxurious white gown with a beaded jeweled medallion in the form of a headband, with a feather at the back, she regularly roams the house, most often sighted around the gazebo.
As well as adult ghosts, there seems to be at least two child ghosts. They often play pranks, touching guests, and moving things throughout the property.
There are plenty more ghost stories surrounding the Black Swan Inn, just who or what you’ll come into contact with is hard to say, but what can be said of the property is, it’s extremely haunted!
- Paranormal investigation class
- Full night of ghost hunting with the team
- Use of our equipment which includes, trigger objects and EMF Meters,
- Free time to investigate for as long into the night as you want!
- An investigation into the woods on the property
- Psychic readings included
- Snacks and drinks provided all night!
Are you brave enough to investigate and stay over at this unique and very active haunted location? Book now to avoid disappointment!
18 and over’s only! No alcohol is allowed and anybody under the influence of drugs/alcohol will be asked to leave and their booking fees lost.