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

Address:
1202 Northport Drive
Madison, WI
United States

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GPS:
43.1377388846977, -89.37449312201352
County:
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.

    • I also grew up in the area and enjoyed sledding, etc. all the people I know called it and still call it Sanitarium Hill. Neither myself or my spouse, who also grew up on the north side, have ever heard it called Turberculosis Hill. Even my 86 year old grandmother who lives close has never called it that even tough we all know what the building was used for. It’s most definitely called Sanitarium Hill.

  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.

  5. it used to be a tuberculosis ward back in the day but has now been renovated to be a dane county human services building. i have been there only a few times myself. twice as a foster kid, the other time i went late at night with some friends, which was a mistake… this place just seems to seeth something heinous… im all the way down in florida at the moment writing this and i am still feeling shivers and mildly ill. there are reports of many different goings on in this area. i have witnessed a few for myself. first i want to start with one of the main graveyards. its right next to the building behind a church right next to the sanitarium. there have been many reports of people seeing many graves looking freshly dug but upon return in the morning there is no sign of disturbance what so ever. i have not witnessed this particular phenomena for myself but have many
    friends who swear by it… they even claim to have video of this but i have yet to see it. there are videos of this phenomena on youtube however, and im no expert but they seem to be fairly legit due to surroundings matching up with what ive seen in the actual location. and in that graveyard the farther back you go the more risky it gets. i know this sounds ridiculous but a friend of mine who i will use the alias of D for but he sat on a grave (which i think is just taboo for disrespect.) but he could not move and was unresponsive for a solid minute of which he does not remember. he was then flung from the grave at which point he does remember flying through the air and landing. i was skeptical of this story too but i have since corroborated this story with others who were witness to this who had no prior knowledge to my investigation. moving away from the graveyard there are surrounding woods and in these woulds there have been encounters with a headless man. this p
    henomenon i have in fact witnessed. he sort of leans his torso out from behind trees and then when you blink or look away for a second hes gone. but i know others who have reported being chased. this being seems to exude evil and feed off fear for even if you have but one scared person in your party he will give chase and try to lead you into the deeper woods. but if you have a party of fairly strong willed levelheaded people he will occasionally still appear. one member of my party was exactly this way he was terrified to the point he was visibly shaking… the creature made more than one appearance to us that night and eventually chased us away. but the strange thing is he wont go near willow trees which there are some at the bottom of the hill so you should be okay near those. also he will never follow you out of the treeline he just doesnt seem to be able to for some reason. now for the old crematorium, its a little bit more out of the way but near it you can hear
    just constant gut wrenching screams of what sounds like hundreds of people… ive only witnessed this at a certain time and many other people swear by it too… in fact many of the worst things dont happen till after 3:15 am but thats when it will happen but it wont end until 3:45 am. there are also purportedly tunnels around the grounds in which people can get lost in. but i have never seen these or any real evidence of their existence. the woods in back are a place you never want to enter past dark. there are many brambles and very thick brush to the point it can cut visibility even with a full moon and flashlights down to a maximum of a few feet in front of you. but back in these woods is where the truly terrifying and mind blowing things happen. there are also purportedly drops and cliffs back there which with the limited visibility could change situations to very dangerous very quickly. the main reason for travel back there is for a purported unmarked mass grave
    which very well could not exist or be what it is claimed by so many to be. all i do know is terrifying things have happened to me and my friends back in the woods… one small instance which we all witnessed was a friend of ours suddenly getting smacked with an unseen object, and just crumpling like a rag doll… we helped her up and we saw blood streaming down her face but for the life of us even after we got back could find no cut or scrape anywhere on her… the craziest part of this story is we caught this all on tape and when we reviewed this footage we saw this dark orb come shooting out of the darkness and hit her… now heres where it sounds super bogus… we all had the tape saved and copied for each of us but one week later we could find no trace of that video ever existing… it was just gone even our physical copy we burned onto a dvd had just up and vanished we searched all through our phones, our computers and tore my friends house apart for the physical co
    py. we still have not found it… there have been other incidents in those back woods which i dont even want to think about. they make me feel to ill to even speak about or type, let alone think about. so ill move onto the main building. this is where the most strange occurrences take place… there is a phenomena you can witness from the edge of the grounds just looking at the front of this building… you can see what is clearly a woman in a red dress bounce from window to window. she will move every time you blink or look away even for a second. and then eventually she just stops appearing… ive heard it argued that this phenomena is just the red EXIT signs but that cannot possibly be for the stay stationary throughout this occurrence and are always visible as a red light. but inside the building are where the weird things happen workers have noticed doors and cabinets opening and closing anytime they leave and occasionally there are random cold spots that are very p
    recise and tiny area… these occur everywhere on the property… i talked to one social worker who reported seeing people turning corners when there was nobody on that floor, strange figures, i even had one worker admit to hearing and feeling warm ragged breathing on their neck. most of these occurrences tend to happen to anybody who is working late. and most people who have worked there late will have a story or two to tell if you can coax it from them… there are many other things in this that i plain and simple dont want to cover. for one reason or another, be it lack of evidence or that i feel you could find someone better than me to describe these incidents. i feel as an issue of safety you should never go there past 3:15 bad things happen then… its best just to leave before midnight… also i feel it should be mentioned that this place is technically off limits after a certain time… i hope you can read this… and i hope you can experience one of the only hau
    nting experiences that ive never heard of someone walking away from without a story to tell…

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