The Waverly Hills Sanatorium, located in Kentucky, is often described as being one of the “most haunted” hospitals in eastern United States, having being featured on programmes such as Scariest Places on Earth, Ghost Hunters, and Most Paranormal. In the early 1900′s, the hospital was for tuberculosis patients who were unable to leave due to contagion. While incarcerated, so to speak, at Waverly, patients were subjected to experimental treatments which were often deemed as horrific as the disease itself. For example, some patient’s lungs were exposed to ultraviolet light in an attempt to stop bacteria spreading. Other experiments were much more barbaric - balloons were implanted into the lungs and then expanded, ribs and muscles were removed to allow the lungs to expand, and unsurprisingly, many patients didn’t survive this so-called treatment. Very few patients left via the front door but via the “body chute” which was a tunnel leading from the hospital to the railroad tracks at the bottom of the hill. The bodies were transported through this tunnel out of view of other patients. It’s often claimed that over 9,000 patients died while incarcerated at Waverly, however this estimate is often disputed. 

Waverly Hills Sanatorium is perhaps one of the best known haunted locations in America. One day, explorers found a photograph of a girl (left) that was signed “Love, Mary Lee” on the back.  Some years later, investigators captured this famous photograph of a female ghost peering out from a doorway. I think the spectral figure looks a lot like Mary Lee, and this may be proof that her spirit still wanders the derelict corridors.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Waverly Hills Sanatorium was opened in 1910 as a two-story hospital to accommodate between 40 to 50 tuberculosis patients. It has since been popularized on TV as being one of the most haunted hospitals in the eastern United States and various investigators who have entered the hospital have reported various accounts of paranormal activity. 

A tunnel was constructed traveling 500 feet from the first floor to the bottom of the hill for easier access for workers and medical supplies to reach the hospital. However it was later used for removing bodies as often as every other day (antibiotics had not yet been discovered so death was common). The bodies would be placed on a cart and lowered to the bottom so that the bodies were removed discreetly, out of view of other patients.

Spooky Stuff -

Room 502
It is believed that a nurse was either murdered or committed suicide in this room. One variation of the legend says that the nurse found out she was pregnant (by the owner of the sanatorium without being married) and contracted tuberculosis, so she hung herself in Room 502.

People have claimed to have heard voices, including one telling them to “get out!”. It’s also reported that a strange “figure” can be seen on the fourth floor, and that lights will sometimes come on when they shouldn’t be.

Although work has gone into restoring the building to its original glory, the current owners still host various different (both historical, paranormal and other) events and tours of the location.

There are currently plans to turn the building into a haunted bed and breakfast.


The Ghost at The Waverly Hills Sanitarium, Kentucky.

Coughing up blood, over crowded, understaffed, bizarre unethical twisted treatments, “Welcome to Waverly Hills Sanatorium” – a medical facility that was once dedicated to treat patients suffering from Tuberculosis, long before the modern cure was discovered. Without the antibiotics, the hospital provided the only known cure at that time – fresh air and sunshine, and thus the patients spent the majority of their time in the solarium-like porch ways. There were many other unethical ways that were used to treat patients which were downright dangerous and only 5% patients survived the treatment. It is believed that as many as 8000 patient dead bodies were carelessly thrown down a chute and then taken out of the building through an underground tunnel. This method of disposing the bodies was kept confidential by doctor’s orders who wanted patients to be unaware of the quantity of dead bodies. But with the discovery of the antibiotic, that could successfully treat and cure tuberculosis, the sanatorium was closed down. Many believe that the spirits of the patients still roam about the hospital in search of answers. The most famous being of a nurse named Mary Lee who happen to contract the disease. But the story takes a horrific twist when she was found hanging from a light apparatus in Room 502. Some believe she took her life after she found out that she was was pregnant with the child from one of the doctors and unmarried. Tragically her body lay undiscovered for a long time. The picture above is of the ghostly figure captured on camera, who is believed to be of Mary Lee….forever roaming the corridors of the hospital groaning in pain.

This is the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, an old abandoned hospital.

The Waverly Hills Sanatorium located in Louisville, Kentucky was built in 1910 specifically to quarantine and treat patients suffering from tuberculosis (an infectious pulmonary disease that affects the lungs and causes the patient to feel fatigued, run a fever and cough up blood and possibly small parts of organ tissue.) Until it closed permanently in 1961, Waverly Hills was Louisville’s primary treatment facility for early and advanced cases of tuberculosis. And in the fifty-one years it was operating, the sanatorium saw as many as 63,000 deaths, all of these patients suffered for multiple weeks as they were tortured, shocked, put in baths of ice and some of the corpses were missing limbs, all to find a cure for an at the time incurable disease. There is also a tunnel that traveled 500 feet away from the building to the bottom of the hill that the sanatorium was built on. This tunnel was used to dispose of the dead so the patients that were still alive didn’t see how many of the patients didn’t make it.

The horrors that happened inside these walls are beyond inhumane.


Waverly News : graffiti and vandalism

Waverly hills is full of grafs, theses ones are of variable quality. There are simple insults and works of art. It’s not a surprise if the sanatorium was vandalised because it is very attractive and who can resist to its call. We can’t condemned these behaviours for many reasons : simple exploration, organisation of a party, squat, curiosity….the abandonned place find a second life with all the issues that it provide : broken materials or halls, stolen objets,…

This is the natural way of life of that kind of abandonned hospitals and we can see that there’s good points too! works of art on the walls that reinforce the gloomy ambiance of the place, it’s like they had appropriate it…

It could be interresting to know what happened to this people who had a visit at waverly, what they had seen or lived, because it’s not a safe place. The structure is old, so it’s dangerous, and, you know it’s insane too…

However, now there are many volunteer warden to protect the site and so there are less vandalism.

Is there volunteers?


The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a closed sanatorium located in southwestern Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky. It opened in 1910 as a two-story hospital to accommodate 40 to 50 tuberculosis patients. In the early 1900s, Jefferson County was ravaged by an outbreak of tuberculosis (the “White Plague”) which prompted the construction of a new hospital. The hospital closed in 1962, due to the antibiotic drug streptomycin that lowered the need for such a hospital.

Waverly Hills has been 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, Zone Reality’s Creepy, the British show Most Haunted, Paranormal Challenge, and Ghost Adventures on Travel Channel.[2]

Plans have been developed to convert the sanatorium into a four star hotel which will cater to the haunted hotel crowd as well as regular hotel patrons.

One of the most haunted places in the world is Waverly Hills Sanatorium. It is said that people that visited the old uninhabited hospital have heard doors slamming, a child crying and seen a woman with bleeding wrists. They have also seen a hearse appear in the back of the hospital dropping off coffins. Many have seen lights in the windows even when the power was turned off.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium - Louisville, KY

Room 502

The most known story about Waverly Hills is that of Room 502. A nurse, Mary Hillenburg, was found hanged in the door way of Room 502 in the year 1928, it is thought it was suicide as she had recently discovered she was pregnant out with wedlock. There is a story that Mary Hillenburg was impregnated by a doctor of Waverly Hills who was actually married. He tried an abortion which killed Mary Hillenburg in the process and to cover his back he made it look like a suicide.

Another nurse later took her own life in 1932 by throwing her self out of the window of the room that she worked in, Room 502. There are no reports of why she would have committed suicide but there was a rumour that someone did in fact push her. There are also reports that people have seen shadows move across the floor and walls in Room 502, so was this nurse pushed to her death by a ghostly spirit?…

Most Haunted Places in America: Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Located in Louisville, Kentucky, this hospital was opened in 1910 to house tuberculosis patients. Tuberculosis caused some of the patients to go insane, and the doctors’ practices were often primitive and experimental. Over the course of the 50 years the Sanatorium was open, over 6,000 patients died. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been said to be one of the most haunted hospitals in the U.S., and it is currently planned to turn the building into a hotel.

Visitors to the hospital report all sorts of paranormal activity, including cold spots, lights turn on in places with no power, disembodied voices, screaming and crying, doors slamming and ghost sitings throughout the hallways. Visit the third floor and you can find the spirit of a young girl that will try to engage you in a game of hide and seek. A little boy is often found playing with a ball, and more terrifying is the ghost of an old woman running out of the front door with bleeding wrists, screaming at the top of her lungs. There is even a report of a ghostly hearse driving up to the building to drop off coffins.

Owner wants to turn Waverly Hills into hotel and convention center.

The ink is barely dry on a zoning application and development plan to transform the famed, and supposedly haunted, Waverly Hills into a hotel and conference center with a bottling and restaurant facility.
The application begins a lengthy process, but the reaction to the idea has been quick.

Over the years, Waverly Hills has gone from ruin to beautifully restored. Now that there is talk of making it a hotel and conference center, the question is; if they build it, will they come?

“Well, it’s neat. It’s a part of Louisville’s history, so it’s something interesting to go see and be a part of,” said James Blevins, who wants to see Waverly built into a hotel.

“I think it will draw a lot of people and a lot of attention just for the so-called fear factor,” said Jenny Garrett, who also wants the hotel built.

And that’s surely what the owners of Waverly Hills want, as they have just submitted a zoning application and development plan to change the use of Waverly Hills.

“In order to run a hotel, convention center and bottling facility, they are going to need to change the zoning on that site,” said Connie Ewing with Metro Planning and Design Services.

And it’s a long, five-month process for the 50-plus acres involved in the plan. A plan that includes adding sidewalks, blacktop, parking lots, new utility poles plus additional sewer and water usage that will need Metropolitan Sewer District and Water Company approval.

The Department of Codes and Regulations has to review the request, then conduct public meetings with surrounding property owners.

“Then, ultimately, it will go to the Planning Commission for a public hearing and they will make a recommendation on the change in zoning to Metro Council, who will have the final say,” said Ewing.

Then there’s the financing of the plan. Would it come through grants, tax breaks, generous donors or all of the above?

But the public’s response is pretty clear. If it’s built, they will come.

“Absolutely, it’s a part of Louisville’s history and you got to experience what’s here and take it in,” said Blevins.

“Probably be kind of cool,” said Lakiesha Burkley, who wants the hotel built. “I would go because I’m the scary movie type, so I would go.”

If some of the financial hurdles can be overcome and some of the planning and zoning can workout, it seems that people in Louisville and probably outside of the state would come to take part in the hotel and conference center.

It’s reported the project could cost up to $20 million.

Waverly News : a woman’s ghost caught on camera

Here we have the testimony of Craig Thompson, a man who take this picture, at random, in the corridors of the second floor of waverly Hills sanatorium. When he get back home he has a pretty surprise, especially when he takes a look at his photography….

I took this picture on the third floor of Waverly Hills around 3:00 A.M. in the morning. The guide came up from the second floor and said it was time to leave, we are missing three people, and everyone else was down on the second floor waiting to leave. It was me, my wife, and a friend.

So when we started to leave, I just turned around and took a picture. Of course it was very dark and I didn’t see a thing when I took the picture. I then took a few more pictures of empty rooms on the way to the second floor.

I didn’t think anything about it until the next morning when my wife was looking at the pictures. She said she thought she could see something in one of them. When we got home I uploaded to my computer. That is when we noticed the picture with a ghost of a woman in it.

Then I lighted the picture up [see above], and you could really see her face. Also in two others pictures of the rooms, there was something in them, but I don’t know what it is. There were only three of us up there at the time, so no one else was around.

This case is very interresting and even if there are many ghosts haunting waverly Hills corridors, we can, anyhow, ask if it’s the ghost of Mary Lee or not ?

Waverly Hills Sanatorium Info Continued

▀ Some have heard children chanting verses here such as: “Ring around the Rosy.” But why would the spirits of children be on the roof? When the hospital was a tuberculosis facility, children were taken up to the rooftop for “heliotherapy,” in which they were exposed to the supposed healing rays of the sun.

▀ At the main entrance the ghost of an old woman has often been seen. Sometimes she runs out the front door. Her hands and legs are in chains and spectral blood drips from her wrists and ankles. She cries for help before she dissipates into thin air.

▀ Many have seen a little girl on the third floor who is known as “Mary.” Some say that she plays with a ball; others have only heard the ball bouncing on the floor or down the stairs. This ball bouncing has also been attributed to a little boy, but the little girl seems the spookiest. One man said that he encountered a little girl that “wasn’t normal.” She kept saying that she has no eyes. He was so terrified that he refused to enter the building again. Some have seen the child peering out the third floor windows.

▀ Fourth Floor, Some regard this as the most scary and “active” area of the hospital. There have been many reports of people seeing ghostly shadow-like people treading the halls, and doors frequently slam for no apparent reason.

▀ In 1932, another nurse who worked in room 502, supposedly committed suicide when she jumped from the balcony of the roof. No one knows why.Folks have seen the full body apparition of a female nurse in white on this floor. People have also reported that this room gives them an “unsettling” feeling of great despair. Some have heard a voice say, “Get out!”