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Waverly Hills Sanatorium

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Address: 4400 Paralee Lane, Louisville, KY 40272
Phone Number: 502 933 2142
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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It was not an official TOUR day but being a travel journalist I had tried for a couple of months to arrange a special 'short' tour and do a story on the facility. Unfortunately... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Mesa, Arizona
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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was not an official TOUR day but being a travel journalist I had tried for a couple of months to arrange a special 'short' tour and do a story on the facility. Unfortunately they did not respond. But we decided to take a drive and see the haunted location as close as we could! Maybe next time!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The tour guide (I can't recall his name but he is a regular night tour guide) was knowledgeable about both the history of the place and the paranormal activities that have taken place. He also added some humor to the stories. He had all the qualities of a GREAT tour guide. It was an interesting tour but also sad to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Regardless of how you feel about haunted places the history here is amazing definitely gives you an idea of how much TB effected everyone. A friend and I done a 6 hour tour from midnight to 6am on a Friday night. I really enjoyed the tour I had a wonderful guide to tell us stories and the history of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have wanted to do this tour for years so finally I did. It;s very interesting and filled with history. My only problem was not be allowed to get more than two feet away from security. I realize there are safety issues but its really feels like your in grammar school and being watched by the hall monitor.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a skeptic, but that doesn't change the history of this place! The tour was great spooky fun and educational. We had a fantastic guide and just had an all around great time.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed the historical part of this tour! I was thinking about some ghost adventures, but the history overtook any of those thoughts. The tour guide was insightful. Since our tour was at 8:00 PM we had a chance to see it in the light and have it turn to the night. I think that was a good way to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was really hoping to tour the Sanatorium. I had planned out trip to Louisville based on the information on Trip Advisor. As we got closer to Louisville, I started to look at the options. Well they do night time tours on the weekend and daytime tours once a month. They are staffed during the week as I called to... More 

1 Thank Curtis H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

We didn't know what to expect and unlike many of the other visitors, we hadn't read the history of the place. It was such an interesting tour. We weren't necessarily expecting to see any ghosts and we didn't but the guide was able to bring the story of the place to life and he told us the hauntings that he... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Enjoy this venue at sunset/dark. Volunteers are very knowledgeable. Must be able to walk up and down steps. No heat or air conditioning. Great history lesson about the Sanatorium. Sometimes sightings of supernatural happenings at this facility.

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Santee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

This is my third "asylum". Yes. I ghost hunt. If you are not a night owl, staying up from midnight to six a.m. can be a little daunting. You meet at the driveway gate. They check you in and then you follow them to the Sanatorium. There is a nice reception area with bathrooms and souvenirs, and stuff from all... More 

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