Victoria’s Black Swan Inn — known locally as a hub for paranormal activity — has landed an upcoming feature on the Travel Channel’s Portals to Hell. The Greek-revival style plantation house was constructed in 1867 on a grassy hill across from the Salado Creek.
Just 20 years before the home was constructed for the occupation of various San Antonio socialites, it is said that General Caldwell and his men massacred over 60 Mexican soldiers in the bloody Battle of Salado on the grounds while defending the Republic of Texas. Since the early 90s, the property has been under the stewardship of JoAnn Rivera, who claims to have experienced a range contact of with the spiritual realm. According to Rivera, who raised her children in the home, she is familiar with eight or so distinct spirits that co-habitate with her and her family.