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: The haunted hospital

Used to house tuberculosis patients in the 1900’s, the now derelict Waverly Hills sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky, has all of the hallmarks of a haunted hospital.

Formerly Waverly school, the building was taken over at the turn of the century by the board of tuberculosis, and expanded over time to accommodate a rising number of patients due to an epidemic of the disease. It was built as a curved structure on top of a hill to allow the breeze to sweep through the wings and provide patients with the sunlight and fresh air they required as part of their recovery. By 1924 the hospital was able to house up to 400 patients, including the children of those in treatment, who would often play on the roof as part of their heliotherapy. 

Many claim to hear the sounds of children singing and playing on the roof to this very day.Due to the lack of actual medicine to treat consumption at the time, experimental treatments, such as rib removal and the surgical inflation of lungs by inserting balloons, were practiced on patients in order to find an effective cure. Many patients died via these methods; however the actual death toll is unknown. Legends claim thousands met their demise within the walls of Waverly hill sanatorium.In order to keep patient morale at a high, the bodies of patients that did not survive their stay were clandestinely transported on gurneys through a tunnel that connected from the hospital to a railway. Often called “The death shoot”, and the subject of many legends and paranormal investigations, the tunnel was also used to transport supplies into the building.

With the introduction Streptomycin, the first developed anti-biotic used to successfully treat tuberculosis, the number of beds occupied decreased, leading the large, gothic sanatorium to close its doors by the start of the sixties.
A year later Waverly Hills would be reopened under the name “Woodhaven medical services” as a mercy home to aid elderly patients suffering declines in mental ability and problems with general mobility due to age. The building remained this way for twenty years, eventually being shut down for the neglect of patients.

Having escaped plans to be turned into a prison and an apartment block, Waverly Hills is now owned by the Mattinglys, who purchased it in the early 2000’s. They hold annual Halloween tours and use the proceeds for restoration. The location has been the subject of paranormal shows such as the UK’s “Most haunted” and “Ghost adventures” and many visitors claim to see spirits wandering the halls.In 2011 The “Ghost Hunters” team focused on local urban legends in their episode filmed at Waverly sanatorium. They focused on the investigation of room 502, the nurses’ station, where they claimed a pregnant nurse had committed suicide having found out that she was pregnant out of wedlock. Some say the nurse contracted the disease and became a patient.

A photograph was found on the hospital grounds of a young woman signed “Love, Mary Lee” on the reverse. The woman in the picture resembled the apparition captured in a photograph taken at Waverly, whom many believe is the spirit of the Mary Lee still wandering the wings.
Mary Lee is not the only soul still making her rounds; many spirits have been seen and heard since Waverly Hill closed for business.
The owners claim that the ghost of a little boy, who they named Timmy, is often seen darting through the hallways.
If you don’t have a chance to experience a tour of the sanatorium for yourself, you can check out some videos online:

Travel Channel tour of Waverly [ X ]
Ghost hunters capture a short video of Timmy [ X ]

(view with media at http://reallifeishorror.blogspot.com/ )


More haunted/interesting places I would like to visit one day.

  1. Island of Dolls (Mexico)
  2. Grove Park Inn (Asheville, NC)
  3. Paris Catacombs
  4. The Shroud’s house (jersey devil home in NJ)
  5. Bell Witch House (Adams, TN)
  6. Westminster Hall and Burying Ground (Baltimore, MD)
  7. Union Station (Nashville, TN)
  8. Waverly Hills Sanatorium (Louisville, KY)
  9. Pompeii
  10. Mothman TNT Area (W. Virginia)



Hastane 20. yüzyılın başlarında oldukça yaygın olan tüberküloz hastalığının tedavisi için kullanılmıştır. 

Bu senatoryum hastanesinde 63.000 hastanın öldüğü tahmin edilmektedir. Ölen hastaların üzerinde tartışılmaya açık deneyler yapılması, şiddetli kötü muameleler görmeleri günümüzdeki insanların bu hastanenin perili olduğunu düşünmesine sebep olmuştur. 

Bu hastane hakkında bilinen en ünlü kısım Ölüm Tüneli.

Tüberküloz nedeniyle çok sayıda hasta ölüyordu ve bu tünel ölenleri diğer hastalardan gizleyerek dışarı çıkarmak için kullanılıyordu.

Oda 502 Bir hemşirenin intiharı.

Efsane olan hemşire, evli olmadan bu hastanenin sahibi tarafından hamile bırakılmıştır ve aynı zamanda hastanenin tüberküloz ile ilgili sözleşmelerini öğrenmiştir. Buna dayanamayan hemşire oda 502'de kendini ampul kablosuna asarak boğmuştur.

Waverly hayalet araştırmacıları garipten sesler, izole soğuk noktalar ve açıklanamayan garip gölgeler dahil bir dizi paranormal olaylar görmüştür.
Şimdi de hastanenin boş, ürkütücü koridolarında çığlıklıklar yankılandığını duyanlar olduğu bilinmektedir. 


Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Waverly Hills Sanatorium was built in 1924 to replace an existing hospital, built in 1910, that became over populated due to the rapid spread of a plague like disease, tuberculosis. Although Waverly hills was considered the most advance tuberculosis sanatorium in the country, hundreds of adults and children still perished at the peak of the epidemic. Ultimately the deaths occurred because of lack of medicines. A cure for tuberculosis wouldn’t come until 1940 and although treatments were performed to help alleviate the condition of the patient, most times they were just as horrific as the disease itself and most patients did not survive.

By the late 1930’s a decline in tuberculosis occurred and then in 1943 a cure for the disease was made available worldwide. Patients were treated accordingly and when healthy were released. Then in 1946 after tuberculosis was under control Waverly Hills shut down. Yet, that was not the end of the story, it was later re-opened as Woodhaven Geriatrics Sanatorium in 1961. During this time there were many stories of patient mistreatment and unusual experiments . By 1982 Waverly was shut down indefinitely . Today it sits abandoned, ravaged by time.


With 64,000 deaths under its belt its no wonder why Waverly Hills is considered to be one of the most haunted insane asylums haunted insane asylums in the country. As if death wasn’t enough to cause a haunting it has also been speculated that satanic rituals have taken place with in it’s walls. Shadow people lurk with in its corridors accompanied by disembodied voices and slamming doors. Here are a few well known occurrences at Waverly:

An elderly women is often seen by the main entrance, in spectral form, crying for help, bleeding with her wrist and ankles chained.

It is said, depending on who is speaking, that on the third floor, either a ghostly little boy (Robert) or girl (Mary) haunts the third floor. Often times people report seeing this ghostly apparition playing with a ball; others have only heard the ball bouncing on the floor or down the stairs.

The faint voices of Children are often heard singing “ring a round the rosie” on the roof.

Stories say that in 1928, the head nurse in Room 502 was found dead in her room. She had committed suicide by hanging herself from the light fixture. She was 29 years-old at the time of her death and allegedly, unmarried and pregnant. Her depression over the situation led her to take her own life. It’s unknown how long she may have been hanging in this room before her body was discovered. Then in 1932, another nurse who worked in Room 502 was said to have jumped from the roof patio and plunged several stories to her death. No one seems to know why she would have done this but many have speculated that she may have actually have been pushed over the edge. There are no records to indicate this but rumors continue to persist. It is reported that people have seen her full body apparition on this floor. Feelings of despair are often times felt in this area as well as voice growling “get out”!

The fourth floor is regarded as one of the most creepy, scary and “active” areas in the hospital. Doors are reported to slam for no apparent reason in an area of the fourth floor that is off limits to human occupants due to the unsafe nature of the area. Ghostly shadow like silhouettes are also said to be seen lurking the halls in this area as well.

Source: http://efeyas.hubpages.com/hub/Insane-Asylums-Americas-Most-Notorious-Hauntings


Waverly Hills Sanatorium

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 the televison show, Ghost Hunters, 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. 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. [ source | edit ]


Waverly Hills Sanatorium is thought to be one of the most haunted buildings in America, and due to it’s imposing appearance, it isn’t difficult to see why. Opening in 1910, it was originally built in order to accommodate 40 to 50 tuberculous patients, after Jefferson county was struck with a severe outbreak of the disease. There were many tuberculosis cases in Louisville at the time because of all the swampland, which was perfect for the tuberculosis bacteria. As the disease spread, the sanatorium needed an expansion to hold more than 400 patients, and doctors didn’t have enough training, making the care of vulnerable patients generally unprofessional and unsatisfactory. Many of the patients either became depressed and committed suicide, or ultimately perished from the tuberculosis. Their bodies were transported away secretly through the death chute (an underground tunnel in complete darkness),  as to not cause distress among the already miserable patients

To this day, it remains an equally horrifying looking building, and has featured on many paranormal shows, hoping to capture evidence of the sanatorium’s deceased patients, nurses, and doctors.

The Waverly Hills Sanatorium (or Sanitarium) 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, and Ghost Adventures on Travel Channel.

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

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.


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.