Monday, October 03, 2016

Scary October: Waverly Hills Sanatorium

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know I love scary things.



Which means October is my favorite month!!! Every October, I dedicate my blog to scary things. In fact, I'd already picked out this year's posts by the time last October was over. Probably because I always spend the last week of this month binge-watching this show.



One haunted location that has become a favorite of paranormal shows is an old tuburculosis hospital in Louisville. Every Halloween, I want to make the three-hour drive to tour it and every Halloween, I remember that they turn it into a haunted house during the month of October.



Yes, it's always a haunted house. But in October, it becomes the type of haunted house with actors dressed up in costumes, chasing you around with chainsaws.



Other months of the year, you can tour the building and hear spooky stories. That's my kind of haunted house.



In the early 1900s, Louisville, Kentucky had a serious tuberculosis problem. Waverly Hills opened in 1910 with the goal of housing 40-50 tuberculosis patients. Over the course of the epidemic, the building saw thousands of patients.



There were deaths every minute during the disease's peak. At Waverly Hills, bodies were sent down "the death tunnel" to avoid alarming other patients. A hearse was waiting at the bottom.



There are many ghosts still lingering at Waverly Hills, with reports of strange sounds and sights. Many visitors report seeing the ghost of a child.



The most interesting legend is of a nurse in Room 502. The legend says that a nurse committed suicide in the room because she was an unwed pregnant woman.



The crew of Ghost Hunters visited the local library and found evidence that two nurses died at Waverly Hills. One was 45 and single, while the other was 34 and single. However, the cause of death wasn't listed.



Some have reported seeing a man and a dog. Ghost Hunters confirmed that a homeless man and his dog were found dead in this elevator shaft:



Do you believe the Waverly Hills Sanatorium is haunted?

Come back next week for the next stop on my ghost tour:


47 comments:

  1. I think most old hospitals/asylums have something sinister hanging over them.
    Like you, I'd rather visit when it's the normal tour. Real chills are better than fake ones.

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    1. I think in general those old hospitals are spooky because they're deserted. It's even freakier if it's an old children's asylum and there are children's drawings on the walls or toys still hanging around. I LOVE hearing all the stories, though. The Halloween kind of haunted houses are for teenagers.

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  2. I always love reading your October blogs. I don't think I've heard about this place before. I prefer the normal tours too. The underground city in Scotland is especially chilling. No dressed-up ghouls required.

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    1. At this point, I think every ghost-hunting show has been to Waverly Hills. The owner is very open and engaging. I think that's why. And Ghost Hunters International was far more interesting than what I thought it'd be. Lots of underground worlds over there...and the castles are spooky even if they don't have ghost stories attached to them!

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  3. I know about this sanitarium and I would so make the trip. I think it is so neat and love the stories. I can't wait for you to talk about the Winchester house which I so want to visit.

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    1. You recognized it from the photo! I'm not convinced the Winchester House is actually haunted, but what fun it would be to get lost in that place!

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  4. I don't understand those haunted house tours where people dress up in costume and chase the guests. How more actors don't get punched in the face, I have no idea.

    The place looks like the set of a horror movie, already, it doesn't need any more set dressing!

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    1. I'm sure it happens a lot! I think those haunted houses are for young people looking for a thrill. By the time I reached my 20s, I couldn't figure out what the thrill was. Although it was fun to see how some of those haunted places set up fake movie scenes. Some of them went all out.

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  5. Who needs actors when even modern-day hospitals/asylums can be creepy, especially in poor places (though that's a completely different kind of creepy)?

    Great photos, it would be an interesting place to visit!

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    1. They often put haunted houses in abandoned buildings like that, so people get their fill. But all of those actors jumping out at you just takes away from the experience. Walking through there alone late at night would be far scarier!

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  6. I've never heard of this. Sounds pretty spooky!

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    1. It's only three hours from my house, yet every time we happen to be in Louisville, it's on a day when they aren't doing tours. :-(

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  7. On haunted tours, the kind with actors, my middle daughter once participated as a zombie on a zombie trail through the woods. She actually did get punched a few times. One woman brought her small child (why, I have no idea) and then yelled at my daughter for scaring her. That's sort of the point, lady.

    Here in WV, we have the Trans-Allegheny Asylum, which is rumored to be quite haunted as well. I've never made the trip, because like you, October seems the perfect month, but then it's a staged haunted house.

    One day, I'm going to take my mom (who loves horror) and my daughters to the asylum for a normal tour. I'm sure it's creepy enough without the actors.

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    1. Okay, I recognize the Trans-Allegheny Asylum from Ghost Hunters. It was a pretty dramatic episode, from what I remember! I was born in WV but I haven't really had the chance to spend much time there. We did the Bell Witch Cave back in the 90s on Halloween and someone said we would be better off coming back any other time of the year, when they can spend time with us and give us the real tour. I'm guessing that's the case with many of these places. Even the Bell Witch Cave has added hayrides and a corn maze and all kinds of distractions...it's just not the same as visiting the place when no one's there.

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  8. Haunted houses rock. Except when you grow up in one and you can't sleep worrying about ghosts lol.

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    1. Yeah, I don't think I could sleep in one!

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  9. I love your October posts! I've never been to the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, so I don't have an opinion. I'm from Missouri, so they'd have to "Show Me." ;-) I would like to go there someday. I do believe in paranormal occurrences, but I think most of them are fake money-making schemes.

    This Halloween, maybe I should post about our house hunting experience a few years ago and a property I still refer to as the Murder House. You have to be careful with what you reveal about your beliefs or people will think you are, in the words of my carpenter brother-in-law, a half a bubble off. Or in this case, couple of ghosts short of a haunting...

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    1. You should definitely tell that story. It was one of those stories that keeps people up late at night!

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  10. Yay, I love your scary posts! I think I've told you before that I verbalize I don't believe in ghosts, but that's because I'm afraid to let them in. ;)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, it's fun to hear the stories, but I don't want to hang out with ghosts.

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  11. Great spooky post! I love a good ghost story.

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  12. I love spooky stories about old decrepit sanitariums and hospitals. This one is a doozy. How fun that you get to go there... as a visitor, not a patient, of course. ;-)

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    1. Hopefully I will get to go soon. Next time I'm in Louisville, for sure.

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  13. Oh just look at that poor dogs face. I look exactly like that when I’m frightened! I really don’t like scary things, not even scary movies anymore. I used to be bold and fearless, but it seems to have deserted me.
    Yes, I do believe the Waverly Hills Sanatorium is haunted, but then I think most places are. I will be back to read all your October posts – but only during daylight hours! :-)

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    1. Yes, definitely don't read them before bed!

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  14. Great story! I would love to visit this place. It is seldom mentioned, but the fifth floor was where they kept the mentally ill TB patients. It would seem a great many found themselves in the body chute before they were ready to go;-)

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    1. LOL...oops! I do think I've heard that before.

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  15. I agree about doing the regular tour - sounds much more realistic and scary.

    Glad you're doing these posts again! :)

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    1. Every October! I actually look forward to it all year.

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  16. How creepy!! I hardly ever go into scary places. I am the world's biggest chicken crap.

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    1. I never see ghosts, so I'm kind of cavalier about it. I even went into the changing area on the Queen Mary...all by myself. I would love to see a ghost...just doesn't happen for me.

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  17. this shall be a spooky Halloween. I can believe there are a few hauntings.......that place looks scary.

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  18. Oh, but if you'd ever want to drive a few hours north and visit haunted penitentiary, I'd go with you,. Just call me. :)

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  19. I love ghost tours and never pass them up when visiting other states. I would never go into a place by myself though. Never gonna happen, nope! lol

    I have yet to visit an abandoned mental institute, but would love to.

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  20. I think I'd rather go to Waverly Hills during the rest of the year rather than during October. I'm not that crazy about people dressing up and scaring you. I'd rather take a chance on seeing the real thing.

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  21. My level of scary is limited to Supernatural (the CW show) anything more than that makes me reach for the blanket to cover my head.

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  22. I always want to know more about those who haunt old homes and public places. It makes me wonder why they stay.

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  23. Great post! I LOVE reading about haunted houses - especially asylums and other houses with a lot of history. The thought of seeing a ghost though actually terrifies me - I'll stick with Sam and Dean Winchester doing my ghost hunting for me. I'd love to visit a place like this one day though. True fact: I live next to an exhumed graveyard, and my dad/auntie have seen/heard ghostly happenings in our house (it was built in the 1600s). I try not to think about it too much when I'm home alone!
    Can't wait to read the rest of your posts :)!

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  24. The blackness in me is saying "Stay the hell away Sheena-kay".

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  25. Very creepy! I wonder how the ghosts feel about the actors playing ghosts during October? Would they be angry? Or join in the haunting?

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  26. I don't believe in hauntings, but I'll stay away from the sanitorium for the sake of my heart.

    Love,
    Janie

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  27. Both my brother and sister are obsessed with the sanatorium and have wanted to visit there for a long time to go ghost hunting. Haven't done so (at least last I checked) but I've heard that name many a time. haha

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  28. I once saw a NOVA about the TB epidemic. It lasted a while, actually. Very scary stuff.

    They do a similar haunted theme at the Queen Mary around these parts. (That's a ship, in case you've never heard of it.) Also reported to be haunted.

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    1. I visited the Queen Mary in 2011. Here's my blog about it from a previous Scary October:

      http://stephie5741.blogspot.com/2014/10/scary-october-queen-mary.html

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  29. When I was a kid, every October, we had fun finding the next best place to go to get scared out of our minds for the night. Now, not so much. (lol) But I do believe in ghosts, and while I didn't know about the story you just mentioned, it's very fascinating, and makes me want to know more. Do you dress up as well? Hugs...

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  30. I love spooky thins too. This sounds like the haunted house of haunted houses! Wow! I can't believe they make it even spookier in October. Sounds like a three hour trip that would be well worth it! :) Hope you get there one year!
    ~Jess

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