WAVERLY HILLS SANATORIUM, LOUISVILLE
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky
There is something special about all old abandoned asylums and sanatorium’s but some are just creepier than others and that certainly applies to Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville.
Without any doubt, this building can be counted among the most haunted places in Kentucky if not the entire United States!
Waverly Hills was officially opened in July of 1910 and over the next 50 years, it housed thousands of patients suffering from tuberculosis. The sanatorium eventually closed its doors in 1962 when advances in medication brought new drug treatments that could cure tuberculosis so that it was no longer a death sentence.
The hospital was renovated and reopened as Wood Haven Medical Services. However, by 1980 that too had closed following claims of patient neglect and abuse – not that the tuberculosis treatments used prior to that were any less inhumane.
There is no exact figure for the number of deaths that have occurred in Waverly Hills, but the best estimates put the number at well over 6000.
There are many ghosts that walk the halls of Waverly Hills and shadow figures, disembodied screams and agonizing moaning are all very normal.
We could never mention every spirit that resides here, so instead let’s summarize some of the hot spots of paranormal activity. Perhaps the most famous is the so-called Death Tunnel.
This underground tunnel runs from the main building to the bottom of the hill and it was used to remove corpses so as not to disturb other patients.
Room 502 is said to be where a pregnant nurse committed suicide after the doctor who fathered the child rejected her. Her spirit is said to be eternally tied to the room.
Finally, there is the ghost of a little boy called Timmy who died in Waverly Hills at the age of 6 or 7. He likes to play and investigators often bring balls and toys for him to play with!