Kentucky, Louisville is most famous for its Kentucky Fried Chicken but it is also known to those who are up for a thrilling experience. This is because Kentucky, Louisville is where the Waverly Hills Sanatorium is located.
A photo of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. (Link: https://documystere.com/fantomes-demons/sanatorium-de-waverly-hills-hotel/)
History of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium was originally just a tiny school for the children of the original purchaser of the land where the sanatorium sits. He was Major Thomas H. Hays and he wanted a school for his daughters so he built a small one. He later called the property Waverley Hill and when the Board of Tuberculosis Hospital purchased the land from him in order to open the sanatorium, they kept the name.
The construction for the original two-story building of the sanatorium was constructed from 1908 to 1910. Only 40 to 50 people were supposed to be accepted as patients at the sanatorium. During that time, tuberculosis was at its height so people who contracted the serious illness were isolated from the public. The area was also perfect for resting and breathing in a lot of fresh air. Most sanatoriums during that time were placed in wooded areas and high hills in order to help the patients recover faster.
Later, more and more tuberculosis patients were admitted at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium and from the 4o to 50 threshold, there were more than 140 people being attended to. Because of this, the board of Tuberculosis Hospital decided to make their building bigger in order to accommodate more patients. Because of this, it became a community on its own. It had its own post office, water treatment facility, it produced its own vegetables and fruits, raised their own animals for meat consumption, and more. Accordingly, the patients, the doctors, the nurses, and those who worked at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium had to leave their life behind because there was a notion during that time that once you went to Waverly Hills, you are already a permanent resident there. Around 400 patients were allowed to be admitted at the Waverly Hill Sanatorium during that time.
Patients living their life as normally as possible at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. (Link: https://www.prairieghosts.com/waverly_tb.html)
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium continued to cater to tuberculosis patients until 1961. An antibiotic was later discovered so by 1962, it was already known as the Woodhaven Medical Services. It was closed to the public in 1981.
A photo showing some of the patients at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. (Link: http://mentalfloss.com/article/17263/haunted-hospital)
What Happened To Some Of The Patients Of Waverly Hills Sanatorium?
As previously stated, it took a lot of time before an antibiotic was discovered and was used to treat patients. Per the reports, it was believed that around 63,000 patients died at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. The death toll was so high because allegedly, the doctors and nurses mistreated most of the patients and questionable experimental procedures were made to the patients in hopes of treating them from their serious disease.
Because tuberculosis was believed to be cured by breathing in fresh air, the patients were placed in front of huge windows or at the porch of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium in order for them to get as much fresh air as they can. However, it was done at any time and whatever season. There were photos of some patients sitting near windows while they were covered in snow.
A photo showing one of the windows at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. (Link: http://www.lovethesepics.com/2013/10/waverly-hills-sanatorium-1-of-the-scariest-abandoned-hospitals-in-america/)
Other experiments involved balloons being placed in the lungs of the patients and these were filled with air in order to expand them. Muscles and ribs were also removed in some patients in order to allow the lungs to expand more as they believed this would lead to patients getting more oxygen. Many complications arose from these experiments and only few patients survived it.
Because of these mistreatment and procedures, there were so many deaths and the doctors did not want the other patients to see how much corpses were being transported away from the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. They then designed the “body chute” wherein these corpses were transported using an enclosed tunnel that led to the railroad tracks at the bottom of the hills. The doctors though this was the proper way to transport the corpses because they did not want the other patients to worry. They believed that mental health was as important as physical health.
A photo showing the tunnel where corpses were transported from the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. (Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g39604-d1524185-i181031947-Waverly_Hills_Sanatorium-Louisville_Kentucky.html)
The Ghosts At The Waverly Hills Sanatorium
Because the Waverly Hills Sanatorium earned the reputation of being a hotspot for ghosts, many have attempted to document any eerie happening or apparitions at the area. The Waverly Hills Sanatorium was also featured in shots like “Ghost Adventures,” “Ghost Hunters,” “Most Haunted,” and more. Movies were also made based on the stories about Waverly Hills Sanatorium.
Inside the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. (Link: https://www.travelchannel.com/shows/ghost-adventures/photos/waverly-hills)
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium was in poor management and became the local haunted house. Many have gone there to see if the reports about ghosts were true. Many also went there just to vandalize its walls and destroy what remains of it. The Waverly Hills Sanatorium also provided temporary shelter to people who were homeless. Because of the many people who have gone to the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, ghostly sightings have begun to circulate. One of the stories pertained to a little girl who reportedly ran up and down the third floor of the building. Another story pertained to a little boy who was seen playing with a leather ball. His name was reportedly Timmy. There was also a woman who was asking for help and was crying because of her bleeding wrists. Other visitors claimed that they also heard slamming doors, strange sounds, and footsteps throughout the building.
The Louisville Ghost Hunter’s Society then started to investigate the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. One time, they claimed that they smelled fresh baked bread from the kitchen. When they went to the kitchen, they found no one and nothing that would have explained the smell of bread being baked.
The kitchen of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. (Link: https://www.pinterest.ph/pin/519532506991410955/?lp=true)
Most ghost researchers were also intrigued about the fifth floor of the sanatorium. They claimed that Room 502 is where the patients jumped to their deaths. When people visited this room, they claimed that they heard disembodied voices ordering them to get out. It is believed that the people who jumped to their deaths were the insane tuberculosis patients because the fifth floor is the area where they were housed.
Aside from the ghosts of the patients, one nurse reportedly hanged herself in Room 502. She was reportedly unmarried and pregnant and her depression led her to the decision to kill herself. Another nurse was reportedly pushed from Room 502 and she fell to her death.
Room 502 at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. (Link: https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g39604-d1524185-i69791785-Waverly_Hills_Sanatorium-Louisville_Kentucky.html)
Also on the fourth floor of the sanatorium, many have reported seeing a man wearing a white coat. He is believed to be one of the doctors at the sanatorium.
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