Waverly Hills Asylum | Waverly Hills Sanitorium | Waverly Hills Sanatorium Information:
Located in Louisville-Jefferson County, Kentucky, the Waverly Hills Sanatorium/Sanitarium opened in 1910. It functioned as a two-story hospital that was able to accommodate 40-50 tuberculosis patients. Jefferson County, Kentucky had been overcome by the “White Plague” in the early 1900′s, which prompted the contruction of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. An antiobiotic drug known as Streptomycin eventually made it possible to close the Waverly Hills Sanitarium in 1962.
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is being converted into a 4 star hotel that will cater to the haunted hotel crowd.
The land where the Waverly Hills Sanitarium sits today was once the site of a family home and a one-room schoolhouse. The sanatorium started small and gradually over the years grew bigger with new additions.
When people were dying at a rate of about 1 per day at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, a tunnel was built that could convey the bodies out of the sanitorium, out of view of the patients. The tunnel was also used to bring supplies into the building from the outside.
After it closed its doors to tuberculosis patients in 1962, it was reopened as the Woodhaven Geriatrics Hospital. Woodhaven, however, closed its doors in 1981 due to reports of patient abuse. Some people claim that Woodhaven was an insane asylum, but this seems to be urban myth.
No one knows exactly how many people died at the Waverly Hills Sanitarium. The highest number of people that could have possibly died here is estimated at about 8,212.
Tina and Charlie Mattingly purchased the Waverly Hills Sanitarium in 2001. Today, they hold tours of the facility and host an annual haunted house attraction at Halloween. Proceeds go toward restoration of the building.
Since December 2008, plans have been made to turn the building into a four star hotel and restore the fourth floor to its original condition.
Ghosts and the Paranormal at the Waverly Hills Sanitarium | Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky:
Room 502 is renowned for paranormal activity at the Waverly Hills Sanitarium. This room purportedly was the site of a murder/suicide involving a nurse. People claim that the unmarried nurse found out she was pregnant and hung herself in the room.
It would be difficult to list all of the paranormal phenomena at this location. Let’s just say that a lot of strange things happen here.
Wikipedia (2011). Waverly Hills Sanatorium. Retrieved February 18, 2011 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waverly_Hills_Sanatorium
The Waverly Hills Historical Society (2010). The Waverly Hills Sanatorium. Retrieved February 18, 2011 from http://www.therealwaverlyhills.com/