America’s Most Haunted: Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, KY
This past May I took a trip down to Lousiville, Kentucky and got the chance to check out one of the most haunted places in America, Waverly Hills Sanatorium. Let’s just say I got a bit more than I bargained for.
For those of you that don’t know, here is a brief histoy of Waverly Hills:
Waverly Hills Sanatorium was a tuberculosis hospital in Jefferson County, Kentucky that was in use from 1926 to 1961. It could accommodate at least 400 patients and was considered one most modern and well equipped facilities at the time. The “cure” for TB at the time was fresh air, sunlight, and relaxation. (Antibiotics for TB weren’t discorved until the 1950s.) Other surgical and experimental treatments were also used to “cure” a patient as well. The treatments were often brutal, and caused extreme pain to the patient both during and after the procedure. Many of these treatments left the patients with horrific scars and disfigurement. Even after these extreme treatments most of the patients that underwent these procedures did not survive their battle with TB.
In the 50 or so years that Waverly Hills was in operation as a Sanatorium, over 8,200 patients died. At one point the deaths were becoming so frequent that they built a body chute that was used to cart the bodies through a long tunnel and out to the back of the Sanatorium where a hearse would be waiting, away from the eyes of the patients. This chute is known as “The Death Tunnel.”
But, not all the deaths were patients. There are stories of nurses committing suicide in room 502, and a homeless man and his dog that were found deceased in the empty elevator shaft in the 1980s.
Needless to say, Waverly Hills has a long and painful history. It’s no wonder that so many people claim that it’s haunted! Some ghostly clims surrounding Waverly Hills include:
- The smell of freshly cooked food in the kitchen area. (Which is now in ruins, slowly being eaten away by water damage, mold, debris, and time.)
- Slamming doors.
- Footsteps in empty rooms.
- “Shadow people”
- Seeing lights in rooms. (There is no electricity in the main building.)
- Having objects thrown at you. (Small rocks, dry wall that has fallen.)
- Voices telling you to “get out!”
Not only is Waverly Hills supposedly haunted, it is known as one of the most haunted places
in Kentucky, in the United States, IN THE WORLD!
So, I got a chance to check out Waverly Hills for myself this past May and IT. WAS. AMAZING. I’m a skeptic when it comes to ghosts and ghost stories. You’ve got to have some pretty hard core evidence to make me a believer. So trust me when I say that Waverly Hills is haunted. Don’t believe me? Check out some of the pictures I took while I was there…then decide for yourself.