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Waverly Hills Sanatorium

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

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A Quick Tip by jbeswick

  • Mar 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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review by . October 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 …
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.
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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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