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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.

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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 ]

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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.

Hauntings


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

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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)

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.

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Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky.

The Waverly Hills Sanatorium was opened in 1910 to deal with the massive outbreak of tuberculosis, originally acommodating 40 to 50 patients, it was extended in 1926 to house more than 400 patients and closed in 1961.

Numerous reports of paranormal activity and urban legends have been connected to this place. One such tale involves Room 502 where in 1928 the body of a 29 year old nurse was found; she had hanged herself from a light fixture, it is thought she took her own life because she was unmarried and pregnant to the owner of the sanatorium; she had also contracted tuberculosis. Visitors to this room have reported feelings of great despair and the sound of a disembodied voice telling them to “Get out!”.

Ghostly voices have also been heard in the dark and eerie 525 foot long “Death Tunnel” where the bodies of dead patients where transported underground via gurneys to an awaiting hearse; this was done out of sight so as to keep morale up amongst the other patients. 

The rooftop was used for “heliotherapy” or “light therapy” sessions for the treatment of TB of the bones by using sunlight. The child patients were supplied with a swing set to play on while they were receiving this treatment. Some have heard the voices of children chanting the nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosy” in this location.

Other phenomena documented include mysterious lights appearing at night and the sound of a television in the building when there has been no electricity for many years. The terrifying apparition a screaming woman with bleeding wrists, the ghostly figure of a little girl peering out of the third floor windows and the spectre of a boy running through the hallways with a leather ball have also been seen.

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.

Did I tell you all about my trip to Waverly Hills?!

Ok, I just got back from Kentucky. I went to investigate and spend a night in Waverly Hills Sanatarium, known as possibly the most haunted place in the world. I’ve been to quite a few haunted locations, but this place scared the shit out of me. It was beyond creepy. 

Anyways, for the first little bit, I wandered around taking pictures and doing sessions. From those pictures I did catch this. It’s not dust, its not a bug. You can clearly see that this orb has a greenish tint and is not perfectly round. The elevator shaft to my right is also where they found the dead homeless man and his dog. oh no! 

Other than that, I did not get much activity. So I went to the break room and had a nap. I woke up at around 7am, and the view outside the window was amazing! I actually looked around the break room and everyone was sleeping! it was pretty funny. 

Anyways, at that time I decided that since its day time i’ll walk around and take some more photos and maybe do a few evp sessions. I decided to head up to the fifth floor, which is famous for room 502. A nurse performed an abortion on herself and proceeded to hang herself in the room. I felt a really good feeling about this room, so I decided to do an evp session in there. Mind you, I was the only one on the floor and definitely the only one in the room at this time. As I pressed record, i walked into the room, talking about the wedgie I had. Before I even asked a question, a woman’s voice came through my voice recorder. I did not notice this until I got back on the bus and replayed it. I definitely did not hear it while I was in there. Room 502 was a nurses washroom, which makes what we think the woman’s voice said, “hey, i’m in here!”, much more compelling. If I can find a way to put the audio on here, I will definitely upload it! It’s one of the best pieces of evidence I have gotten by myself in broad daylight. 

Unfortunately, I did not get pushed, poked, scratched, or had something thrown at me. I would have loved if that had happened! I also wish I did not fall asleep. I could have witnessed the dopplegangers or the creeper on the third floor. I didn’t get to the morgue, but I did go to the death tunnel! If you get a chance, definitely check it out! Overall, a very creepy place and I am so glad to have the opportunity to investigate it!