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Waverly Hills Sanatorium

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Address: 4400 Paralee Dr, Louisville, KY 40272-2692
Phone Number: 502 933 2142
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is on the U.S. National Register of Historical...

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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Real stories made more of an impact than the scary stories

Don't get me wrong...the place is creepy! But our tour guide shared the real life stories of nurses and patients and the people that crashed here that were so sad. Those stories... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2016
JeffsWife2013
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Marquez, Texas
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Sylva, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A friend and I drove from NC to do the 10-12 guided night tour and then did the Sunday historical tour. Enjoyed both and now plan on going back to do the 12-6 night semi guided tour. There were some things that did make me question what I was seeing and feeling and I am betting when there are just... More 

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The 8 hour private overnight visit is the real way to go at Waverly. We had the run of the whole entire place including the body chute. The owner and her helper were ever so nice to us, and left us to our investigation. We could not have been more pleased. Someday, however, I will return to finally do a... More 

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Louisville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Anytime of the year, you need to see this place.. Amazing architecture features throughout the grounds.

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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took the 2 hour paranormal tour and loved it! Knew about Waverly for years and was happy I could finally visit. 2 hours is definitely not enough though so I would like to go back for a 6 or 8 hour overnight investigation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had talked about visiting Waverly Hills for the last few years – once had even driven/walked up to the gate about a year ago during the daylight hours just to eyeball the creepy old place – but on a recent Friday evening – after buying tickets online about a month in advance – we took the plunge! TIP –... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

I was only able to get as close as 800 feet to Waverly Hills, but I will be back! My family and I were in the area visiting Kentucky Kingdom. I have seen Waverly Hills several times on the popular SyFy television show, Ghost Hunters, and I have always been incredibly fascinated by the building and the history and the... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

I have done both the private tour and the general public tour during the Fall/Halloween season and by far the private tour is the best.

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Marquez, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

Don't get me wrong...the place is creepy! But our tour guide shared the real life stories of nurses and patients and the people that crashed here that were so sad. Those stories stood out to us than the scary stuff did. My 14 year old thought it was a "haunted house" so when she found out it was a truly... More 

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Tallahassee, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

First let me say that if you need to communicate with them in any manor, your SOL. Once you hit paid they have your money, so keep that in mind. Also double check the directions they send you...they will be wrong! We had a good tour guide for the most part although he wouldn't let us take flash photos or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

I went on the Friday 8-10 tour, so got to see the building in light and in the dark. In my opinion this is the way to go, as I could see the building's details. The guide explained so much of the sanatorium's history, tuberculosis history, and the medical "treatments" available back in the sanatorium's functioning days. The tour guide... More 

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