Waverly Hills Sanatorium

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.

Brief History:

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:

28 thoughts on “Waverly Hills Sanatorium”

  1. Yes. My dear friend and my daughter went in mid October of 2018. SO beautiful the garden. So creepy the front entrance doors chained from the outside.

  2. Nope, dont do asylums of any kind. The things they used to do those folks, atrocious. I can imagine all the tortured spirits roaming the halls. Same reason, you definitely won’t see me touring plantations, nope no sir no way! 👻👻 I know who My God is but I ain’t poking no sleeping bears😉

    1. Yes they did some horrific procedures on the patients. Lots of suicides there as well and even a murder. It’s interesting to hear the tour guide tell you the history of the place. (Also a history freak) But I definitely get where you are coming from.

    1. Lol!! Cool!! More the merrier! I do need to tell something funny that occurred-a group of us were sitting in balcony taking a break and one guy was sitting against the door. He was saying how he had not seen one thing that made him believe it was haunted. As soon as he was finished with his sentence, the door slammed shut right behind him. We all said, well there ya go! 😂

      1. Yup! We boogied out of that room. Ran into a couple girls and they wanted us to show them the room where we experienced these things. Um…nope! I was NOT going back there.

    1. Yes. My dear friend and my daughter went in mid October of 2018. SO beautiful the garden. So creepy the front entrance doors chained from the outside.

      1. My husband’s grandmother was there. She survived. But carried the scars the rest of her life. It is also very close to my daddy’s childhood home and my beloved Pawpaw Seidl and Grandma Fern’s home

      2. I remember my dad driving by it sometimes as a small child I knew and felt the sadness, the fear. I didn’t know why. Yes it was creepy and abandoned but it was more….

  3. Yes I believe I am an empath. I think that is one reason I need so much alone time. It drains me to be around people at times. I feel everything! Everything. It can take a toll. I lived in a house that had a spirit. My daughter and I both witnessed things there. I was never scared. If I asked it to stop doing something, it would. Creepy? Yes! But the way I figure it if it meant me harm, it would not have listened to me when I asked for it to cease whatever it was it was doing.

  4. I would have to concur; haunted. It takes something special to set my ‘spidey-sense’ off. Every photo did. That’s one I’d love to research more if I had more time. Some sanitariums were relatively benign, some left TB victims to suffer horribly. I’ve seen shadow people in a few locations, and all but one of them were confirmed to be locations of great suffering. The last was Miramar (N San Diego), and unconfirmed intuition there is alot of dead native americans after disease exposure from Spanish settlers moving North from Mexico

    1. I knew when we both smelled death and I was hit with such excruciating pain that it most definitely was haunted. The pain almost took me to my knees. I would love to tour the Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana. I have heard many things about it.

      Shadow people scared the hell out of both of us. We walked the 4th floor all the way through and back. We did not walk it a 2nd time. Between shadow people, the smell and pain, we had seen enough. We waited in the stairwell until it was time for our tour group to move onto next floors.
      I need to check out Miramar online. That’s one I have never heard of.
      I think with such suffering an imprint is left.