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Waverly Hills Sanatorium

A two-story hospital that is now said to be haunted

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Waverly Hills Sanatorium Truly is the Scary Monstrosity on the Hill

  • Oct 19, 2010
Ah, Waverly Hills Sanatorium. I live in Louisville and I'd always heard stories about haunted Wavery Hills: the thousands of tuberculosis patients who died there, the girl with the red eyes, the boy who likes to roll balls down the hallways, the nurse who hung herself outside of room 502 and the death tunnel. I'd always wanted to visit. In 2008 I got my chance.

The hospital that housed tens of thousands of tuberculosis patients for decades (1920s-1960s). Reportedly over 60,000 patients died here. I have always wanted to visit this place. I live less than an hour away. I was excited that I was finally going to go see the place in person.

Outside Room 502 where a nurse hung herself or by someone else back in the 1930s. Also another nurse jumped or was pushed from the window in Room 502 to her death. There are supposedly incidences of people now getting sick after being in this room. Definitely one of the most popular sites on the property.

There is a lot of graffiti on every floor. I wish these white spots on some of my photos were orbs, but alas they are not. They are just dust. Unfortunately, we didn't see anything paranormal.

The above photo is of "The Death Tunnel". This is right outside the main building where the corpses were taken from the building to the awaiting hearses at the bottom of the hill. A ramp on one side and stairs on the other. The stairs were for the employees and the ramp was for the deceased.

The one odd thing that did happen while there was my flashlight went dead after only three minutes in the main building. I later checked the batteries and they were fine. It is the flashlight itself that no longer works. [enter scary music]

I am so glad to be able to go. it is a shame that no one with me saw or heard anything really unique. I would like to go again soon. It is a huge fascinating place that is perfect for anyone who likes history or being scared.

This video is from 1931 about Wavery Hills Sanatorium. It is creepy on its own.

This is more what it looks like today, however it has been "cleaned" up a bit.

For all of the pics from my visit, go here

Waverly Hills official website.

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October 28, 2010
Oh wow, crazy to think that a place and an epidemic like that existed less than a century ago. I can see why someone who worked there would want to die seeing as this places sounded like a hospice. Thanks for my dose of random knowledge today!
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Quick Tip by . March 24, 2010
I visited in 2008. Great spooky place. The Death Tunnel is a highlight. I'll write a review on the experience soon.
Quick Tip by . March 24, 2010
Haven't been here but by all accounts is the epicenter of ectoplasm. I heard it's being turned into hotels now.
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 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 ...

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