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“Very Creepy” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Ranked #20 of 168 things to do in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence
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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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Very Creepy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

Went for a haunted house but would love to take a tour or even stay overnight.

Thank JakeK2
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Tamaroa, Illinois
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“Take a tour!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2012

The tour is very informative. Our guide was able to tell us what the rooms were used for and the history of them. You can still see some of the original equipment that was used back in the day.

Visited March 2012
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“Scary Building, But Too Many On Tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2012

We actually decided to drive all the way to Louisville to visit Waverly Hills after reading about its history. The building did not disappoint. It was a beautiful yet very eerie experience. I applaud what the current owners are doing to restore the building and you can tell that all the volunteers truly care about what they do. But it is a business so they have some very large tour crowds. While the building is spooky its hard to feel scared or really explore the area in a 2 hour tour with 25+ others around. If you really want to get a good feel for it you have to book an overnight, although they still put you with about 12 others, so your never truly alone. But well worth the time and money.

Visited March 2012
Thank MillerTime5
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Louisville KY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

Best place ever if you want to be scared! The haunted house they set up inside it doesn't even do your fear justice- much better to just do a regular tour!

Visited October 2011
2 Thank caraleeb
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Louisville, Kentucky
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Scary place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2012

Scary place to visit anytime but especiall around Halloween.

1 Thank Aline S
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