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Waverly Hills Sanatorium

4400 Paralee Lane, Louisville, KY 40272
502 933 2142
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Ranked #31 of 61 Attractions in Louisville
Type: Mysterious Sites, Outdoors
Owner description: The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is on the U.S. National Register of Historical Places. The massive...
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Type: Mysterious Sites, Outdoors
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Pigeon forge
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

My boyfriend and I went in March. It was still a bit chilly and wore jackets to stay warm since it is open air and rarely a functioning door or window is in the upper floors to block the wind on top of the hill. We arrived at the gate and were a few cars behind in line. A security... More 

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Cuba, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I took a friend there as a birthday present and we did the overnight tour. We both had an awesome time and were amazed at just how big the place really is. The staff were all really cool and helped with any questions we had at any time throughout the night. We got to go around on each floor and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

I first went on Halloween night, after calling MULTIPLE times and checking the website, nowhere could we find information about the mini tour, only to arrive at 10:10 at the ticket desk (due to long parking line) and to be denied tickets because they stop selling then at 10:00, which that information is found NOWHERE. So we come back the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The history was fascinating, but the paranormal experiences were really scary! The 4th floor was the best part. I volunteered to take "the walk" down the corridor by myself. That really convinced me the place was haunted. Everyone saw shadow figures around me. People from my tour group were calling out to me to make sure I was still all... More 

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Lexington
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3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

FYI for those seeking to visit the Waverly Haunted House in Oct. 2014 - be prepared for a VERY long wait. We attempted to visit on Saturday, Oct. 25. When we arrived, cars were backed up to turn into the location on each side of the road as far as we could see. We waited in a line of cars... More 

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Montague mi
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Waverly Hills was a must on out haunted bucket list. It was the crown jewel for this trip. We called several times rite up until the night before we left trying to book a haunted tour. We were told that there r no tours too be had in oct. Due to the haunted house. So we opted for the haunted... More 

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

I'm so sorry Michelle. I'm not sure where the misunderstanding came in but, we only offer full tours during our annual tour season which is March through August. During the Halloween season we do offer a "Mini Tour" on a limited basis for those wishing an option to just see the inside of the building. This should not be confused... More 

Kelowna, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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WaverlyHills, Guest Relations Manager at Waverly Hills Sanatorium, responded to this review

During the Halloween season we do offer a "Mini Tour" on a limited basis for those wishing an option to just see the inside of the building. This should not be confused with a normal full tour by content or duration. The "Mini Tour" is only a sneak peek of a couple of the upper floors. It's meant to last... More 

Clarksville, Indiana
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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20 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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