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“Don't waste your time unless you like being treated like children” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Waverly Hills Sanatorium

Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Ranked #21 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Ostrander, Ohio, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Don't waste your time unless you like being treated like children”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

A group of us decided to take the two hour paranormal tour (8p to 10p supposedly). First off, it was hard to find. We finally found the entrance (unmarked through golf course) and followed a staff member up the drive. He entered before us, looked at us, closed the gate and drove on. Sign says "keep gate closed at all times" and that was it, so we did what he did. We got to the parking lot and immediately got yelled at, and I do mean yelled, because we weren't supposed to be there. I explained we were on the tour and weren't sure what to do. The man was VERY irate and rude. I apologized and said that I would be happy to follow the rules if we knew what they were. He told me that I should read the website and told me to get out. Ok. Fine. We drove back down and parked outside of the gate. As we waited, several other cars arrived and they had no idea to do either. Maybe the person taking the reservations should give some information? Anyway, it didn't much improve when we finally did get allowed in. We parked and were told that if we wanted to take pics of the exterior to do it now. One lady walked down the parking lot to take a pic of the full building and the staff FREAKED OUT. They started yelling at her like she was walking through a field of land mines and rudely informed her that she couldn't walk that far away. We got checked in at the driveway, then were told to check in at the office. We were put into a large room that looks like they have meetings or receptions in. Some lady tried to go look at a picture and again, the staff freaked out and yelled at her. At this point, I was over it. They were rude to everyone the whole time. As for the tour itself, the guide kept stumbling over the history. Several people asked questions that were never answered. Total waste of time and money. If you're in to ghost hunting, go to Mansfield Reformatory or Moundsville Prison. WAY better and you don't get treated like a mentally challenged toddler.

Visited April 2013
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Madison, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

We did the four hour tour on a Friday night. Midnight to 4:00 A.M. We were not disappointed and had lot's of experiences. Our tour guide was the greatest and very helpful. I have done numerous Ghost Tours, but this was the best!
Thank you Waverly Staff for a great time!

Visited April 2013
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2 Thank 62judy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not worth the drive or gas if your traveling from a far state.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

We did the 8 hour ghost hunt on Saturday April 13, 2013. We drove all the way from Harford County Maryland in hopes of seeing and/experiencing some interesting and scary things but after last night's 8 hour public ghost hunt that was not the case. We didn't see or experience much at all. Our tour guide didn't help us with our issues. He never told us the history of the place or where any of the hot spot claims where. We asked him if he could help us throughout the night with doing our ghost box and evp sessions, he only did two sessions with us.He didn't check up on us here and there like he said he would. We felt like were rushed when we were trying to buy stuff from the gift shop, that was rude! We will probably not go back again. We had more fun at TRANS ALLEGHENY LUNATIC ASYLUM in Weston, w.v., and Black Moon Manor in Greenfield, Indiana (which unfortunately was demolished by the original owner) then Waverly Hills. Overall on this review I WOULD NOT recommend going to Wavery Hills Sanitorium for the 8 hr or any other overnight ghost hunts. WASTE OF MY 10 HOUR DRIVE AND ITS A WASTE OF MY DAMN GAS!!! ( thumbs down). Dislike

Visited April 2013
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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fun.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

Been wanting to come here since I first saw it on the show Ghost Hunters. It didn't disappoint. Would recommend a visit to any paranormal investigator group.

Visited April 2013
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1 Thank 395KenH
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Hurricane, West Virginia, United States
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65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“BFF Weekend”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you don't believe in ghosts and spirits you will have second thoughts after leaving here! Tour is well worth the trip!

Visited April 2013
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