Waverly Hills Sanatorium

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This historic hospital, originally opened in 1910 to treat tuberculosis patients, has reportedly seen about 63,000 deaths. TV shows Ghost Adventures, Fact or Faked, Ghost Hunters and many more have featured the site. Witnesses here report unexplained lights, apparitions, shadowy forms and other various phenomena.

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    Geographic Information

    4400 Paralee Dr
    Louisville, KY 40272
    United States

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    38.130725, -85.84141999999997
    Jefferson County, Kentucky
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    1. Hey, i don’t know what to say about this place. my mom and i are thinking about going to it, since we live in Kentucky, but we don’t want the crap scared out of us. but does anyone have any comments about it, if you’ve been?

    2. I have been wanting to go with a group of my friends, it seems pretty likely that I will. im excited but scared at the same time! Any comments from anyone who has been before?

    3. been there twice and going back next Spring. place is for real. Trust me. tv does it no justice until you are locked down in there for 8 hours in the dark

    4. my dad when he was 19 visited here, he said it was so freaky, he told me that theres this tunnel beneath the building, him and his freind where going down the stairs leading to the tunnel, they had a flashlight and a glow stick,first the flashlight went out, it had brand new batteries, but they kept going down these stairs, then as they went down the glow stick went out as in completely went out!

    5. I have begged and begged my parents to let me go. I too live in Kentucky but on the whole other side of the state. I really want to go, and so do all my friends. It sounds like a very interesting place to visit.

    6. I’ve been several times and there is always PLENTY of activity! The most activity that I personally experienced was on a Friday the 13th with a full moon. One one trip, when we went into the operating room, I suddenly had a severe sharp pain in my side to the point I could hardly breathe. As soon as I exited the room, it immediately stopped. The guide said that is a common occurrence. The 4th floor is always the most active. There are NUMEROUS shadow figures. You can see them peeking around door frames and walking back and forth across the doorways. Once when the guide asked for a volunteer to walk down the hallway, I volunteered. I walked about 30 feet and all the hairs on my arms and the back of my neck stood up. I had this sudden feeling of dread, like I shouldn’t go on any further. So I asked if I could turn around. The guide said come on back. So as I started walking back, I hear everyone gasping, ooohing and ahhhhing….then I hear something and FEEL something walking directly behind me- I could literally hear the little fine gravel that is built up on the concrete floor crunching behind me. Then came the wall of arctic cold air, in the middle of June. That was it- I RAN the rest of the way back! When I got back I heard others talking about seeing the “Creeper” crawling up the wall and onto the ceiling right over me as I was coming down the hallway. The place is full of spirits!!! I can’t wait to go back when I can do the all night lockdown!!!

      • I volunteered, as you did. The folks I was with said that they actually lost sight of me as I was walking away from them, as if someone or something was between me and them. I didn’t hear or see anything at that time though. It is pretty cool, I have only one thing to say about the so-called Creeper….believe it to be made up story, probably by the owners, as there was no mention of this at the time we went several years ago.

    7. I got to do a two night investigation here. MANY experiences especially in the Death Tunnel. one of my favorite experiences was seeing a ball rolling out of one of the patient rooms, catching an EVP saying “GET OUT” in the tunnel. hearing a gurney being pulled down or pushed up the body chute. among others.

    8. May I note that ghostly children have also been seen laughing, dancing, singing nursery rhymes, and playing with balls in the ward. The scariest ghost here, in my opinion, is the specter of an old woman bound in chains, whose been seen with blood dripping down her arms before vanishing. The most haunted room is thought to be the sick room, where one nurse jumped from a window and another hung herself. Their ghosts can be seen in the room, warning visitors to leave.

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