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Waverly Hills Sanatorium

The most common experience of visitors seems to be "moving shadows" or "shadow people". These are shadows that appear to have some substance - able to "walk" across doorways and, demonstrated in the Sci-Fi Channel special Spooked, able to block some light when a laser is pointed at them. There are many reports of these shadows both inside and outside the building.


Waverly Hills Sanatorium, located in Louisville, Kentucky, opened in 1910 as a two-story hospital to accommodate 40 to 50 tuberculosis patients. It has since come to be considered one of the most haunted buildings in the Eastern United States.

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In the early 20th century, Jefferson County was severely stricken with an outbreak of tuberculosis. The original Waverly Hills building was soon home to over 140 patients. A larger hospital was needed for the overwhelming number of patients coming in, so construction of a five-story building that could hold more than 400 patients began in March 1924. The new building opened on October 17, 1926, and was eventually closed in June 1961. The building was reopened in 1962 as Woodhaven Geriatrics Hospital; Woodhaven was closed in 1981 due to patient abuse.

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In March of 1996, Robert Alberhasky bought Waverly Hills and the surrounding area. Alberhasky's Christ the Redeemer Foundation Inc. had plans to construct the world's tallest statue of Jesus on the Waverly site, along with an arts and worship center. The statue, which was inspired by the famed Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, would have been designed by local sculptor Ed Hamilton and architect Jasper Ward. The statue would have rested on the roof of the sanatorium.

The first phase, coming in at a cost of $4,000,000, would be a statue of Jesus 150-foot tall and 150-foot wide. The second phase would convert the old sanatorium into a chapel, theater, and a gift shop at a cost of $8,000,000 or more.

The plan to construct this religious icon fell through because donations to the project fell well short of expectations. In a period of a year, only $3,000 was raised towards the effort despite efforts to pool money from across the nation. As a result, the project was cancelled in December of 1997.

As a result, Alberhasky abandoned the Waverly Hills property. In order to recoup some of the costs of purchasing the property and then some, Alberhasky attempted to have the property condemned so that it could be torn down and redeveloped. That notion was denied by the county, and Alberhasky then attempted to undermine the structural foundations of the building by bulldozing around the southern perimeter in order to receive insurance money.

After Alberhasky's efforts failed, Waverly Hills was sold to current owners Tina and Charlie Mattingly in 2001. Charlie's father, who died in 2005, worked as an orderly at Waverly Hills for approximately four years. The Mattinglys currently hold tours of Waverly Hills and convert the building into a haunted house attraction each Halloween. Proceeds go toward the renovation of the property.

Room 502 is perhaps the most notable location in Waverly Hills and the number has sometimes been adopted symbolically. One story claims that a nurse hanged herself after finding she was pregnant out of wedlock and attempting surgery upon herself to abort the illegitimate child. Another tells a different nurse who jumped from a balcony. However, the SciFi Channel series Ghost Hunters turned up no records or death certificates to confirm the legends, although there is confirmation of the nurse's suicide by hanging and her discovery in official records. Some sources claim there is also confirmation of the second death, but it is currently disputed. Other common sightings in Waverly Hills include the vista of young children running through the halls, as the hospital had a large number of children and families housed there.

Room 502


Haunting
Room 502 is perhaps the most notable location in Waverly Hills and the number has sometimes been adopted symbolically. One story claims that a nurse hanged herself after finding she was pregnant out of wedlock and attempting surgery upon herself to abort the illegitimate child. Another tells a different nurse who jumped from a balcony. However, the SciFi Channel series Ghost Hunters turned up no records or death certificates to confirm the legends, although there is confirmation of the nurse's suicide by hanging and her discovery in official records. Some sources claim there is also confirmation of the second death, but it is currently disputed. Other common sightings in Waverly Hills include the vista of young children running through the halls, as the hospital had a large number of children and families housed there.

The most common experience of visitors seems to be "moving shadows" or "shadow people". These are shadows that appear to have some substance - able to "walk" across doorways and, demonstrated in the Sci-Fi Channel special Spooked, able to block some light when a laser is pointed at them. There are many reports of these shadows both inside and outside the building.


Apparitions & Other Strange Events
The most common experience of visitors seems to be "moving shadows" or "shadow people". These are shadows that appear to have some substance - able to "walk" across doorways and, demonstrated in the Sci-Fi Channel special Spooked, able to block some light when a laser is pointed at them. There are many reports of these shadows both inside and outside the building.

Glowing Orbs (nicknamed "Soul Orbs" by some) have also been photographed there. These small balls of light appear almost like lightbulbs or specks of dust when captured on film, but there has been no electric power to the building in years. They are often reported to fly around corridors and spawn other orbs.

Some photos show indistinct "brown imps" outside the grounds too, but these humanoid shapes are a less common sighting. The existing photographic evidence of the imps is dubious to say the least.

There have been many Electronic_voice_phenomenon recordings made in the building and grounds. Varying from the more common "Get out" or "Go away" to more specific statments like "What kind of hospital is this?" and "The winch" (referring to the winch that powered the Death Tunnel's body card, and recorded in that area). The makers of the movie Death Tunnel (and the documentary Spooked) recorded many such voices and sounds while filming.


Ghosts
Often a boy bouncing a ball is seen and at least one small, old, leather ball has been found in the building. Investigators once found a ball rolling towards them, and it being moved by an unseen force. Electronic_voice_phenomenon recordings feature a child saying "I am three". There have been numerous sightings and recordings of small children.

Another notable vision is the sight of a woman - reports vary as to the age and appearance - bearing chains around bloodied wrists chanting or screaming "Help me!" at the entrance of the building.

The most common apparition though is of a young girl with no eyes which has appeared on photos and been encountered by witnesses. This girl is called "Mary" by staff and researchers, based on a recovered photo of a young woman that was recovered and was signed "Love, Mary Lee". However, the girl in the photo is older than most reports of the ghosts percieved age. Mary is the most conversational of the ghosts and has spoken to many people, usually wanting to play games with them.

The Death Tunnel! This tunnel has to be the most famous tunnel up at Waverly Hills. It has been a major subject of discussion among people who have been to visit Waverly on tours during October. For some reason...this tunnel has come to be called " the body chute." Actually however, this is an incorrect term...because a chute is a slide. Bodies of deceased patients were never slid down this tunnel and piled up at the bottom in heaps - a popular misconception that alot of people have come to have about this tunnel.

Also of note is the "death tunnel" or "body chute" which was first constructed to move supplies to the building during the cold winters. Because of the increasing number of daily deaths from the horrible disease, the staff also transported dead bodies in the tunnel to the bottom of the hill on which the sanatorium was built. They believed this would help keep up the morale of the patients by not allowing them to see the hearses picking up the deceased. At the height of epidemic, there were as many as seven to ten deaths each day. At one point in time, it was reported that as many as three per hour died there, but there is no independant confirmation of that figure.


The Death Tunnel! This tunnel has to be the most famous tunnel up at Waverly Hills. It has been a major subject of discussion among people who have been to visit Waverly on tours during October. For some reason...this tunnel has come to be called " the body chute." Actually however, this is an incorrect term...because a chute is a slide. Bodies of deceased patients were never slid down this tunnel and piled up at the bottom in heaps - a popular misconception that alot of people have come to have about this tunnel.

In reality, this tunnel was originally a steam tunnel that supplied the sanatorium with hot steam for the radiators. Yes, the boiler room was at one time at the very bottom of the hill because of the black smoke produced by the coal fed boilers. The tunnel was also a good way for employees to get up and down the hill during the winter time and keep warm at the same time. Transporting the bodies of deceased tuberculosis patients was only ONE of the uses of the tunnel. During the peak years of tuberculosis there were a lot of deaths at the sanatorium, and the staff realized that it would be very discouraging for patients to look out the windows and see hearses pulling up and taking away people who had died. Try to imagine yourself being administered to the sanatorium with a diagnosis of having TB. It is the late 1920's, and antibiotics have not been invented yet. So, you realize that you have a chance to get cured and live, but...you could die too if the treatments they gave you didn't work well enough. Now, imagine how discouraged you would feel if you looked out from your assigned room, and when you pull the curtains back...you see people who have died being picked up with a hearse. And to make matters worse...you see that perhaps many times throughout a day. It would be so emotionally depressing to you that you might give up the fight to live. Then ....your bodies defenses dwindle. It is a known fact that if a person gets very depressed emotionally....it can affect their bodies defense system to the point that it may not fight off a disease as well as if the person is in good spirits. So, that is the reason why the staff at Waverly would sneak the bodies down through this tunnel!

Estimates vary wildly of how many died at Waverly, though the owners of the building say that it was around 63,000. This estimate would be consistent with other TB hosptitals, considering Waverly's size.

 

Do not enter the property if you are not scheduled for a tour or during other times without consent of the owners.

Directions: Take East Pages Lane to Paralee Lane that leads into Bobby Nichols Golf Course. On the right, at the top of the hill, is the renovated Laundry Room. Park in the designated parking areas.

Need to know: Cameras, camcorders and tripods are allowed. A few areas, due to construction, are off-limits, but visitors will see the vast majority and the roof of the main structure and the laundry facility. A video introduction is offered in the laundry facility as well.

Waverly Tour Information


Waverly Tour Schedule
Fridays: Paranormal/Historical Tour 8:30pm & 9:30pm

Saturdays: Paranormal/Historical Tour 8:30pm & 9:30pm

Sundays: Historical 2:30pm

Cost is $20.00 donation per person and tour times must be reserved in advance.


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Keith Age

President and founder of the Louisville Ghost Hunters Society based in Louisville, Kentucky and a long-time rep for the American Ghost Society. His investigations have taken him all over the country, including to infamous locations like the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Bobby Mackey's Music World, the Willard Library and many others. He is also the author of the upcoming book, "Haunted Louisville" and appears in the documentary "Spooked", which was filmed in conjunction with the much anticipated "Death Tunnel", filmed at Waverly Hills.

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Keith Age has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, both local and National. Recently, Keith Age was the Host of the Sci-Fi Channel's airing of "Spooked: The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium," a career move which has moved him from local celebrity status to being nationally recognized as one of the premiere paranormal investigators of present day.

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Commonly referred to as "The Rock & Roll Ghost Hunter," Keith Age, president of the Louisville Ghost Hunters, will soon be shooting another installment of "Spooked," a documentary that made its debut on SciFi in June 2005.

 

 

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Spooked: The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Premise: Waverly Hills Sanatorium, a former tuberculosis treatment institution in Louisville, is visited for an investigation of alleged ghost sightings.
Premieres June 7 at 9/8C Sci Fi channel. The most paranormal evidence captured at a 1928 haunted sanatorium. If you don't belive in ghosts, you will NOW! SPOOKED; a Supernatural Documentary presented by Sci Fi channel. "We spent over three weeks inside Waverly and over 18 hours inside the Death Tunnel," "Spooked" producer Christopher Saint Booth said.

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SPOOKED, The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium, documents paranormal evidence including, ORBS, EVPS, Shadow People, Ghostly Photography and video, interviews with actual patients, ghost hunters and the people of Waverly Hills Sanatorium. If you don't believe in ghosts, you will NOW!!! 87 minutes of ghostly evidence of the damned. No documentary takes you closer to the truth that ghosts exist. HEAR and SEE the FEAR.



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Waverly Hills Sanatorium On the Internet

Official Waverly Hills Sanatorium/ Woodhaven Geriatric Center Memorial & Historical Resource http://whsmemorial.tripod.com/

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SPOOKED Ghosts Of Waverly Hills Sanatorium Chilling documentary reveals the most startling paranormal evidence ever recorded Dir. Christopher Saint.

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Those Who Linger: The History & Hauntings of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Waverly Hills Sanatorium: Information From Answers.com
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