The Haunting of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Waverly Hills Historical Society, Inc. – Jefferson County, Louisville, Kentucky

Photograph ©Prairie

History of the Building:

In the early nineteen-hundreds, this facility was used to house and “treat” tuberculoses patients. More than ten thousand men, women and children died from their illness in this old hospital. In fact, the body count was so massive that the hospital began to rail the bodies down the “tunnel of death” to get them out of the hospital unseen by the other patients.

The death tunnel was originally used by employees for various reasons. However, when the death toll skyrocketed, faculty members believed that seeing the large number of bodies leaving the hospital would upset the remaining patients and lower their spirits and moral.

In 1943, a student at the Rutgers University found the first real medication that could stand up to the deadly TB disease and by 1961, Waverly closed its doors; no longer needed for an epidemic that was finally dissipating.

Paranormal Activities Reported:

The paranormal reports in this old sanatorium are endless. This building is considered to be one of the most haunted places in America today.

Apparitions have been spotted all over the building by many, many visitors. An older female apparition has been seen bleeding from her wrists and crying for help before she disappears into thin air. Lights have been reportedly seen throughout the building during its abandoned years. Doors throughout this massive structure open and close without explanation. Many visitors have heard the voices of disembodied spirits. Some have smelled food cooking when the building was still empty.

This building has been investigated by many ghost hunters; one of these being the famous “TAPS”. If you scroll to the bottom of this story, you will find a link to a thermal video clip that TAPS caught in the building.

Today the building has been restored and you can make reservations to spend a ½ or whole night there. You can also make reservations to tour the buiding.

4400 Paralee Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40272
(502) 933-2142

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