Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Waverly Hills Sanatorium
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • MandyS28
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Is someone here…..
    We did the six hour independent ghost tour. It was so exciting to be able to roam around on your own. The only downside it there were quite a few other people there so it was hard to listen for anything because you got a lot of background noise of other people. But all in all it was a great time.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Alicia M
    Monticello, Minnesota96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An intense tour
    My family which included myself, my husband and my two children 11 and 14 went on the 7-9 paranormal tour. The overall group was kind of large. The building is dilapidated and creepy. Even though you aren’t investigating we had experiences as a large group and individually. My whole family enjoyed our odd experiences and we still talk about it today. You never know if the spirits will make themselves known and they did even for a paranormal tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Luke O
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Tour Guides
    My good friend and I recently went on their overnight 6 hour investigation and it was an interesting experience to say the least and it was our first ever ghost experience so we were jumping straight into the deep end lol! However, I will mention that for the first 4 hours of the investigation it was very difficult to find anywhere quiet with the amount of people there walking around touring so we didn't get any action going on to be honest, however, we were open and honest with the tour guides there and I cannot understate how amazing the tour guides were because every tour guide there brought me and my friend to a hallway that was closed off from the rest of the large group touring there and my lord there was constant activity for almost an hour straight and I would not recommend this place enough, I was hesitant in all of this ghost stuff going into it but after the tour guides who were very friendly and professional guided us into our own investigation I am forever a believer to say the least! Overall, the tour guides were amazing, professional, and very friendly and you can tell they love their job! I couldn't recommend this place enough and it made me into a believer, however, the one thing I will mention is if you are wanting a lot of "action" I would either go for the private investigation or go at a time where not a lot people would normally go so there isn't any interruptions to your investigation.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • hcbflorida
    Fort Myers, Florida182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience in a spooky building.
    This was probably the best experience of our KY trip. The staff do a great job with the tours. We did the 7pm when it was still light out. It was very spooky but not overly so for kids. You get to see all 5 floors. There are loads of stories about the history of the place. Our guide was Jason and he was great. The gift shop was also pretty cool. I would recommend this one on a trip to Louisville.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • TravelingWriterWes
    Charleston, South Carolina48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience!
    A once in a lifetime experience to witness a piece of American history that tells the tale of the suffering Americans faced at the hands of tuberculosis. Of course the main theme to waverly hills is to hear the tales of the resident ghosts and strange occurrences that have happened there. I enjoyed the entire experience and our guide made the tour fun for my children (10,12,13) and for my wife and I. This is such a great adventure for both ghost and history lovers! Our next visit will be an overnight family paranormal investigation
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Chandler G
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our tour guide Cristal was amazing! Overall great experience!
    My husband and I had a fun experience being here! Someone in our group took a picture of a dark figure/ghost. My hubby wants to come back and do the overnight tour. I’m not sure if I could do it. I know spirits/ demonic entities are real. I loved learning about the history. It was definitely worth going to see. 😊
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Travel16204494738
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Has a wonderful atmosphere the guides care a lot about the building but aren't easy to find after the initial tour
    Overall the energy of the guides was fun. They seemed really invested in the building and it's story, but tracking them down was near impossible when they're both wandering the building it would've been much better if they did a rotation of one wandering and another staying at the hub so finding a guide to ask questions to would be easy. It's a hassle to be dropped off and picked up if you decide to leave like 10 minutes before the exit time so if you're getting dropped off and picked up give adequate time for your driver to arrive since you can't walk off the property. (Review is for the overnight 6 hour public investigation)
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Charity P
    8 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Meh, disappointed
    Waverly Hills has long been on my bucket list. Unfortunately, I found our tour guide to be mediocre at best. She wasn't a good storyteller and didn't seem to know much about the history of the building. If she did, she didn't share it. She also pushed the overnight stays at least a dozen times with comments such as, "if you want to do XYZ, you'll have to do the overnight." That became extremely tiresome to hear. Based on the tour she gave, I would not spend the money on a overnight because the building appeared lifeless and boring. Also, our tour had 30 people, which was too big in my opinion, especially if you are hoping to catch some paranormal activity. I know the owners are trying to raise money to restore the building for greater purposes, so it's become more of a tourist attraction than the one of the most haunted places in the US. Better tours with a little more ghost hunting could sell those overnights to get them to their goal faster.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 6, 2024
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Katlin S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
I’ve done several investigations and always wanted to visit this place. I went to the 6 hour public paranormal investigation. Aside from the hype this place has gained from the tv shows, I had some amazing personal experiences. Any great trip starts with great tour guides and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of experienced guides as I had. Todd, Leann, Jason, Ernie, Renee, and Denise demonstrated what good customer service is. As guides, you’d expect a certain amount of professionalism, they exceeded my expectations. They had great personalities. They were funny and entertaining but that only takes you so far. They all love investigating. They have a vast knowledge of the history, the real history, not just the stuff that is sometimes over exaggerated on tv. They told stories of personal accounts, historical accounts, emphasized safety, and encouraged everybody to have a great time. They show real love and respect for the building and anybody who enters it, but when it comes to the spirits there, they pride themselves with showing the spirits respect. When they told stories, it wasn’t a rehearsed, boring monologue. They spoke with excitement, but empathy. They chose to bring you to a level where yes, people passed here, but you can’t ignore the positives. They encouraged thinking about the real people that walked the halls, those who were no different than any of us. They made “stories” turn into empathy for people that could have been your family member. They stress the importance of seeing them from a real perspective instead of a cheap thrill. They closed the investigation with a genuine interest in your experiences, what you liked or didn’t like. They truly care about the reputation of this historical building.
If you choose to come here for an investigation, I would highly recommend it. Come in with an open mind and you will walk out with more than just a few photos and something from the gift shop. You’ll have some amazing stories of experiences. Even if you don’t have a whole lot of activity, it’s just a cool place to visit.
Written May 24, 2021
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,886 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I took the Historical Tour which was extremely interesting. The gates literally open to the property 30 minutes prior to the tour time so no need to get there any earlier. Masks are presently required for the entire tour, which lasted almost 3 hours. We went to every floor of the building so if climbing stairs is difficult this is not for you. Upon completion there is no time to mull around and take pictures as the staff has to prepare for the evening paranormal tour.
Written July 31, 2020
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emgmommaof2
Lexington, KY7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
It was okay. We thought we were doing a guided tour, but were surprised it was more of a cheesy haunted house. We weren’t the only group confused by this. We heard many people saying they didn’t buy tickets for a haunted house.

The building is huge and amazing. It would have been so cool to experience it quietly and with less people. It was just too big of a group to appreciate the experience. The constant Halloween sound effects and strange people popping out at random moments killed the true nature of a haunted building.

The worst part was little “Timmy,” a 20-something haunted house employee, who attached himself to our 14 and 15 year old daughters and attempted to flirt with them for a good part of the tour. Needless to say, the moms did not catch that part of the tour information because we were too busy making sure some creeper didn’t molest our daughters.

All in all, we had a fun night. It wasn’t what we expected. We made the most out of anyway. I wouldn’t do it again unless we did a private overnight tour. The tickets we bought should have been more specific. I don’t think that many people misinterpreted the event details by accident.
Written October 18, 2020
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Jennifer R
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
At Waverly last night and I have to say I was very disappointed. 4 reasons. 1. Our group was too big, couldn't get the experience due to the shear # of people. 2. Felt too commercial. stop to take pictures over and over. 3. Guide talked to us like we were children and spent way too much time with trying to dramatize the experience. And 4th.
Pressure and sales to book the overnight experience. Mention it once, fine, twice ok. But more than 3x everytime you stop was over the top. Made me wish I didn't come.
Written March 14, 2021
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Dropsojup
Shreve, OH398 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We had been looking forward to going to this location for quite some time. We decided to choose a weekend where we could do the paranormal tour one night and the history tour the next day. The paranormal tour had a lot more historical information and a lot less paranormal aspects than I thought it would. We left after that tour slightly disappointed as we spent the whole tour in practical darkness walking around not seeing anything in the building but pitch black hallways and rooms. We've done many paranormal tours in different locations, such as Eastern State Reformatory, Bobby Mackeys, and Rolling Hills Asylum to name a few and we have never walked in complete pitch black where we couldn't experience our surroundings.
On the flipside, the historical tour the following day was fantastic. Not only could we enjoy seeing this magnificent building but we could take some wonderful pictures. I highly recommend the historical tour to anyone wanting to experience this wonderful building and all the significance of its history. All tour guides both nights were great and every employee we came across was helpful and kind.
Written August 29, 2021
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Jason
Youngstown, OH5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
Visiting this place has been on the top of my bucket list for many years, and I finally got to fulfill my dream this 4th of July weekend! Saturday night we booked the 6 hour Paranormal Tour which was spectacular! It started out with about a 2 hour tour of this monstrous place by our tour guide Jason, who gave us some history of the building and also Info on the Paranormal findings of this place. He was great and kept things fun and entertaining. After the tour, they let us roam and investigate the entire building including the “death chute” in the basement. All in all it was a spectacular evening!

We ended up booking a 2 hour History Tour on the following day! This was obviously geared towards the history of the building which was equally awesome and very entertaining. Our tour guide the History Tour was named Dale and he was great! We gave us a lot of interesting info while keeping the experience fun. Two other employees came along on the tour who also shared info with us and some of their personal experiences, one was a very nice young lady who I didn’t catch her name and the other was a guy named Kool-Aid. This dude was awesome! He actually pulled me aside during the tour and pointed something out down a hallway that he spotted. It was indeed a shadow close to the ground that moved and then disappeared. It was in the middle of the day and the hallway was lit by sunlight. I was amazed and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
Anyways, this experience was absolutely spectacular and I give it a 10 out of 10!!! I will definitely be making that 5 1/2 hour trip again. Thank you to the entire staff at Waverly Hills for making our time so enjoyable!

Jason
Written July 5, 2021
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Kelli B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Well… after reading all the reviews I would have to say overall disappointed. I agree with many people that have mentioned about there being too many people. Felt like any time we found a quiet place that a group of loud obnoxious people would make there way with no respect to the people around them. The gift shop had few options and felt they are really missing out on the opportunity to make the most of it. You had two options black tshirt or black hoodie with the same print of a picture on everything. The guides didn’t seem really happy to be there or engaging but were nice except for one.. one in particular was very rude and I would have to say honestly ruined our night. It was myself, my husband, and my mother and I had bought tickets as my mothers bday gift. On the third floor we were walking around and this short man guide came out of no where on us… took a few deep sniffs in our direction and said to us “were you guys smoking pot?” We said “im sorry what? no! We haven’t smoked anything” then he responds with “okayyyy” and then walked away but stayed not far away from us as we continued to walk. Shortly afterwards we left. First off, how rude is that to accuse someone of something like that when all we were doing is walking around the floors trying to enjoy the place while trying to have any ghostly experience we could…second off what a way to kill our enjoyment of being there and why in the hell would I be smoking pot with my mother!? This was my mom’s number 1 bucket list experience she wanted to have but thanks to that short judgmental man he ruined it. After that she was upset and said she wanted to go home so we left.
Written July 17, 2022
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Craig M
Knoxville, TN4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Our guides began by giving a short history of the property and than splitting us up into 2 groups who were than given a walk thru tour of the building which lasted approximately an hour. upon completion we were taken to the gift shop where we could make a purchase and use the restroom. After that the group was allowed free reign and were allowed to explore and perform evp sessions at will. the staff would walk around and check on everyone and answer questions and offer tips as to where activity might be found. for the most part all thee other attendees were very respectful for each other and gave space and time for others to complete activities. Todd, Jake and the other guides were very knowledgeable and incredibly courteous. Looking forward to the next time.
Written April 6, 2021
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Jo K
Pleasant View, TN52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I had been to Waverly Hills before several years ago and returned Friday August 27th for an overnight public investigation. They split the group in two and our group went with Jason and Josh. Jason walked us through the whole building givong a detailed tour of the history and haunted/active areas. Both Jason and Josh told us about experiments they were doing using sound waves.
After the tour we stopped in the gift shop and then returned to Waverly for the investigation and were allowed to free roam so we could go to different areas on our own schedule. Sometimes depending on the group size they are unable to do that and will have designated times on each floor.
As we were walking on the second floor we ran into Josh and some of the others on the public investigation. Josh was using some of his personal equipment to investigate with them.
What was very clear to us was that the staff Jason,Josh, and others that were there care about the building and the spirits who are still there.
Written August 29, 2021
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Jamie O
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
We have been going for years as a group. Last night was miserable. They did a 2 hour tour of the building and then set you free to roam the building. Sounds great but it was terrible. People were blinding you with their flashlights (which were suppose to be limited), people were very very loud (even after being asked to be respectful of others), got blinded by flash photography on a regularly basis. The group was way too big and it's very obvious they don't care about anything other than making money at this point in time . As soon as it was brought up about the way the format is now the immediate went into defense mode and said it would never change back and started promoting $1000 tours. Sad to say I probably won't go back after going almost every year for the last 6.
Written June 6, 2021
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