The Waverly Hills Sanatorium, located in southwestern Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky, opened in 1910 as a two-story hospital to accommodate 40 to 50 tuberculosis patients. In the early 1900s, Jefferson County, Kentucky was ravaged by an outbreak of the "White Plague" (Tuberculosis). The plague caused a hospital to be built on the site of Waverly Hill. The hospital was named the Waverly Hills Sanatorium and it was open for twenty years, treating patients with the then uncurable disease. Although it was considered the best site for treating the disease, the procedures were primitive and grisly. The doctors could not treat the disease, so they tried their best, removing organs, and trying to find a cure. Tuberculosis ravaged the mind, and caused some patients to go insane. More than 6,000 patients died during the two decades that the Sanatorium was open. The infamous body chute was a tunnel and was used for transporting bodies to the graveyard. They thought this would prevent the spread of the disease, and leave the patients from seeing death. The hospital closed in 1962, due to an antibiotic drug that lowered the need for such a hospital. But it remains as a landmark and one of the most haunted hospitals in America.
Popularized on paranormal television as being one of the "most haunted" hospitals in the eastern United States, the sanatorium was featured on ABC/FOX Family Channel's Scariest Places On Earth, VH1's Celebrity Paranormal Project, Syfy's Ghost Hunters, and the British show Most Haunted.