Kane County History: Geneva Ghost Stories Rise From Former Hospital Site

Kane County History: Geneva Ghost Stories Rise From Former Hospital Site

  • Editor’s Note: This article is part of a weekly series on Kane County’s amazing history. Today’s article was contributed by Terry Emma, director of the Geneva History Museum. All photos are courtesy of the History Museum.

Doctor Raymond G. Scott and family c. 1911 in front of Colonial Hospital.

The building at 220 South Third St., like many Geneva buildings, holds a lot of history — and maybe, as legend has it, a few ghosts.

Front view of 220 South Third St.

The home was named one of the finest examples of the Greek revival style by the Historic Building Survey in 1934. Originally it was built for Charles “C.B.” Wells, an influential lawyer-turned-major during the Civil War.

After Wells’ occupation, Dr. Francis Homer Blackman, known as the “Dean of Kane County physicians,” used the one-story north wing as his medical office.

Dr. Raymond G. Scott bought Dr. Blackman’s practice and residence in 1901. He later founded Geneva’s first hospital, Colonial Hospital, in 1908.

Dr. Raymond G. Scott, middle 1920s.

Dr. Scott transformed the house into a small, ten-room hospital where he and his staff welcomed babies, tended to the sick and gave comfort to the dying within the walls of the building over the next 17 years.

While he was a gifted physician, Dr. Scott still lost patients, and there is speculation that some may still linger within its walls.

Many businesses have occupied the space of the former hospital, and many employees and business owners have told tales of unusual occurrences and sights within the building.

However, 220 South Third St. is not the only location where one may encounter unusual activity.

To learn about other Geneva businesses, restaurants, and homes where the paranormal lurk, sign up for one of the Geneva History Museum’s Ghost Walks that take place on Saturday, Oct. 26. There are four time slots available at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m..

Tours are $10 per person and start at the museum.

To register for this event, please visit www.genevahistorymuseum.org or call 630-232-4951.

  • FEATURE PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Francis Homer Blackman, the “Dean of Kane County physicians” in front of 220 South Third St.

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