I have a fascination with spooky things. Especially haunted locations. I wanted to tour Waverly for years. In 2017 one of my dear friends and I had a little adventure. We headed to Louisville and took an all night tour of Waverly.
Verdict: It’s haunted. I saw and felt things that made me a believer. We saw the infamous “shadow people” of the 4th floor. We saw things move and experienced the sensation of touch with nobody else being near us, I experienced horrific pain and both my friend and I smelled death when walking through one room. Needless to say we ran out of that room and never entered it again.
The construction of Waverly began in 1908. It was opened in 1910. It was originally just a two story Tuberculosis hospital that could accommodate less than 50 patients comfortably. Tuberculosis was a major epidemic at the time. So much so that the overflow of patients were placed in tents on the grounds. New buildings were added in 1912, 1916 and 1926.
Waverly was a self-contained community. It even had its own zip code, post office and water treatment facility. They grew their own fruit and vegetables as well as raising their own livestock.
Waverly closed in 1961, when the discovery of an antibiotic cured Tuberculosis making the hospital obsolete.
It was then turned into a geriatric hospital in 1962. In 2001, it was purchased by Tina and Charlie Mattingly. They wanted to completely restore the facility. Haunted tours help to pay for the reconstruction project.
Video I took during our visit: