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Waverly Hills Sanatorium

4400 Paralee Lane, Louisville, KY 40272
502 933 2142
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Ranked #37 of 83 Attractions in Louisville
Type: Mysterious Sites
Owner description: The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is on the U.S. National Register of Historical Places. The massive five story hospital was built in 1926 and sits atop... more » Owner description: The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is on the U.S. National Register of Historical Places. The massive five story hospital was built in 1926 and sits atop Waverly Hill today. It housed 400 patients and was one of the largest facilities of its kind. Waverly served the community through decades of the worse TB outbreak in the country. After closing in 1961, due to the introduction of life saving antibiotics, the hospital reopened in 1962 as "Woodhaven Geriatric Center" which operated the facility until 1982 when it was closed by the state. Ravaged by years of neglect, the present owners have breathed new life into the building by conducting tours though the facility in effort to restore it to a useful asset for the community once again. Waverly has earned her place as one of the most haunted places in the country and has been host to many films and TV shows. During tour season (March – August) Waverly offers several options of visiting. *2hr. Introductory Paranormal Tour which includes a 20 film then a walk through the building.*2hr. Historical walk through tour held one Sunday each month*Public or Private overnight sessions for ghost hunting enthusiasts. For all tour or overnight reservations or inquiries contact the office open daily 9am to 5pm Monday - Friday. « less
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Kelowna, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

This place had so much potential! What an amazingly historical place.... Unfortunately we didn't get to experience any of that. Instead, we were rushed along dark corridors and told not to use lights while being herded by two unfriendly girls. Sometimes the group was allowed to stop I'm certain areas where we weren't told anything of interest besides facts such... More

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Clarksville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I used to refuse to come here. Last night was my first time . We did the 2 hour private tour . Our first destination was the body chute . We did not know we were in the body chute until after we got in there . As the tour guide was speaking about the body chute I felt. Something... More

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Amburgey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Tour started late at no fault of ours. Tour guide was a windbag offering a lot of info about his family that I didn't care about. Everything was hurried and you were practically unable to do anything. I have been to several places ghost hunting and this was by far the most limiting in terms of equipment (no flashlights to... More

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WaverlyHills, Public Relations Manager at Waverly Hills Sanatorium, responded to this review

I’m sorry you felt the tour was not what you thought it to be. Perhaps I can help others with that so they have a better understanding of this offer. Our 2hr guided tour is an introductory tour of Waverly Hills. This is not an investigation; no equipment other than a flashlight is needed. The tour duration is approximately 1... More

Rives Junction, Michigan
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

We don't think we saw any ghosts, but who can be sure? It was an interesting atmosphere, scary, but you felt compassion for the people who had died there too. Very interesting.

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Saint Pete Beach, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Came with my sister & daughter. No, we didn't see any ghosts but you cannot deny the creepy factor, especially in the body chute. I'm ok with not seeing a ghost. Saw the most haunted place in America & that was enough!

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Brownsburg, Indiana
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3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This place is spooky inside & out, really bad things happened there, & tons of people died. Paranormal activity doesn't happen because you paid for it, so if they don't feel like haunting you, don't take it out on the tour:) Enjoy the grounds & the 1920's building innovations like headphone jacks built into the walls for the patients on... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My boyfriend and I went on the two hour historical tour at night. Our tour guide Dee was great but the group size was too large and there were a few inconsiderate people in the group who wouldn't stop talking/messing around that ruined the vibe. Wish we had more time to look around ourselves. Also would recommend not going in... More

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Charlott
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Was in Louisville for one day and really wanted to see this. Unless you study the website, you would never know just to get close you will need a reservation. After arriving at a no trespassing gate, I repeatably called the information phone number listed, about 20 times, it was a busy signal. Waited an hour trying to call. Then... More

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WaverlyHills, Waverly Hills Historical Society at Waverly Hills Sanatorium, responded to this review

Tami J, We’re so sorry for the confusion. Waverly Hills is actually the private residence of its owners and not open to the general public. Guests are permitted on the property only during events which are sponsored and staffed by the Waverly Hills Historical Society. This includes Tours, Overnight Investigations and the annual Halloween Haunted House. We do have a... More

Novato, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My cousin and I took the two hour tour last night at Waverly Hills. We enjoyed both the historical aspect as well as the ghost accounts. Our guides, one man and a woman stated they've been there from the beginning - helping clean out the floors of garbage so that people could safely tour the grounds. Both stated they had... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Overall it was really fun and scary! If you are looking for something that scares you here is the perfect place to go. We actually went a couple of days ago and saw these shadows around people that would walk down the hallways, I was completely freaked out. I am so glad I went though, an amazing experience!

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