Sanitarium Hill

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Sanitarium Hill is an area with an abandoned mansion atop a–you guessed it–hill. It was once the Lakeview Sanitarium (1930-1966), a tuberculosis treatment center, with woods behind it (now known as Lakeview Woods). In a nearby cemetery, folks have reported mists, cold spots, and more; along the trails through the woods folks have noticed hot spots, apparitions, murmured voices, and something that pulls people’s hair. Glowing has been known to come from the abandoned building, along with apparitions seen from outside.

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Geographic Information

1202 Northport Drive
Madison, WI
United States

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43.1377388846977, -89.37449312201352
Dane County, Wisconsin
Nearest Towns:
Maple Bluff, WI (1.4 mi.)
Madison, WI (4.7 mi.)
Shorewood Hills, WI (5.5 mi.)
Waunakee, WI (5.5 mi.)
Monona, WI (5.6 mi.)
Windsor, WI (5.8 mi.)
Middleton, WI (7.1 mi.)
De Forest, WI (7.8 mi.)
Sun Prairie, WI (8.7 mi.)
McFarland, WI (9.6 mi.)


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  1. Just a note- There’s no abandoned mansion, it’s a publisher services building now. With offices and things. They give haunted tours on halloween.

  2. at L
    akeview Church right next to the sanitorium, we played, as children, in the cemetary. Sometimes there would be sights and sounds that could not be explained.

  3. I was born and lived in Madison for most of my life, and no one I know has ever called it “Sanitarium Hill,” or “Lake View Hill” for that matter. The place is called Tuberculosis Hill on account of what the Sanitarium was originally used for. Aside from its history, it’s a great place to watch fireworks and go sledding, but I’ve never seen anything weird or strange there.

  4. Our ghost group has been there a couple times. Last time we went one of the girls in the group walked over to the cemetery on her own while the rest of us were at the cars, then came running back a few minutes later holding her neck. When we shown a flashlight on it, 3 large scratches were forming right in front of us. So the rest of us went over there. Got a demonic sounding evp saying “get out”. Heard it a lot more clearly live in my headphones I hook up to my recorder than the actual recording.

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