Hauntings fill this World War II hospital turned bed and breakfast

Apparently, the mansion’s past is perfect breeding ground for spirits.

This Heartland Weekend we’re taking you inside the Riverview Mansion in Metropolis, Ill.


Today, the Victorian era home, built in 1889, is used as a cozy bed and breakfast.

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Rewind to the early 1900s.

It was used as a hospital between the 1930s and 1960s to treat wounded soldiers who fought during World War 2.

A brief historic tour:

  • The morgue was in the mansion’s basement.
  • Room 2 was used as the labor and delivery room
  • Doctors performed small surgeries in Room 3.
  • Patients went to Room 4 to recover.
  • The main surgical suite was in Room 5.

The mansion might be home to otherworldly guests

Apparently, the mansion’s past is a perfect breeding ground for spirits.

Come to find out, ever since Riverview became a bed and breakfast, room 5 sees the most paranormal activity.

Apparently, there’s a little girl who enjoys the vanity and vintage mirror inside the room.

In fact, she reportedly likes to mess with guests, moving their lipstick and hairbrushes.

The mansion has sparked the interest of Gavin Kelly and Paula Purcell-Kelly from Amazon’s Original Series “The Paranormal Journey: Into the Unknown.”

The two are famed for their Ghostology 101 Presentation.

On Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2 the mansion hosted Gavin and Paula.

The two explained a little about what they do and then lead an investigation of the mansion.

No surprise, someone on the tour experienced something strange.

“One of the guests people that were part of our investigation last night got squeezed as if someone has put their arms around them and squeezed them very very hard,” Paula said.

Book your stay

The Riverview Mansion Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place for a staycation.

In fact, they say it’s just like home, only cozier.

It has five private suites complete with jacuzzi tubs, private bath, free WIFI, a hot multi-course breakfast.

Call (618) 524-5328 to book your stay.


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