Waverly Hills Sanatorium • History • Location • Property Map • Timeline • Video • Haunting’s • Bibliography Table of Contents
History • Waverly Hills Sanatorium sits on land that was originally purchased by Major Thomas H. Hays in 1883. Major Hays was in need of a school for his daughters to attend, so he started a one room school house that was located on Pages Lane. He hired a woman named Lizzie Lee Harris to teach at the school. Her love for the tiny school in addition to her fondness for Scott's "Waverley Novels", prompted her to name the little school house, "Waverley School." Major Hays liked the name, and chose to name his property "Waverley Hill." The Board of Tuberculosis Hospital kept the name after purchasing the land and opening the Sanatorium. Architects: James J. Gaffney (1863–1946) Dennix Xavier Murphy (1854–1933)
Location 4400 Paralee Drive, Louisville, KY 40272
Originally, Waverly Hills Sanatorium was a two-story frame building, with a hipped roof and half timbering. Construction on this building began in 1908, and opened for business on July 26, 1910. The building was designed to safely accommodate 40-50 tuberculosis patients. At the time, tuberculosis was a very serious disease. People who were afflicted with tuberculosis were isolated from the general public and placed in an area where they could rest, stay calm, and have plenty of fresh air. Sanatoriums were built on high hills surrounded by peaceful woods to create a serene atmosphere to help the patients recover. Reason Waverly Hills was Constructed
Timeline Of Waverly • 1908: construction begins on the original Waverly Hills Sanatorium • 7/26/1910: original Waverly Hills Sanatorium opens, reaches overflow quickly, creating need for larger hospital • 3/1924: new facilities begin construction • 10/17/1926-1961: Waverly Hills in operation as a tuberculosis treatment center • 1961-1963: hospital is remodeled • 1963-1980: in operation as Woodhaven Geriatrics Center • 1980: Woodhaven is shut down because of reported and proven patient abuse; hospital is permanently closed as a working facility • 2001: current owners (the Mattinglys) purchase the property and begin restorations • Present: the site has been home to ghost hunts and still hosts historical tours.
What made Waverly the premiere TB hospital in the country was it's highly skilled staff of nurses and doctors. The best in the world were here to help those afflicted with TB. They were a group of very dedicated people. They had to stay on the premises because TB was such a contagious disease. These people actually risked their lives in their efforts to save the lives of tuberculosis patients. A Look At Past Staff...
In addition to caring for the patients, the staff had to live on the grounds of Waverly Hills. They were not allowed to return to the general public to reduce the risk of spreading tuberculosis. TB was highly contagious and was an air-borne illness. The nurses dormitory sat by itself at the far end of the property. The photo above shows the Nurses building in the background. Primarily, you see the windows and exterior of the Sanatorium cafeteria. But, if you look closely at the background, you'll see a portion of the nurses building in the upper left hand corner of the photo. Staff Contd.
-Some urban legends claim that "100,000 deaths" occurred at the Sanatorium. -According to Assistant Medical Director Dr. J. Frank W. Stewart, the highest number of deaths in a single year at Waverly Hills was 152. Stewart wrote that the worst time for deaths was at the end of the Second World War when troops were returning from overseas with very advanced tuberculosis cases. -Some independent researchers suggest that since 162 people died at Waverly Hills in 1945, the highest total number of deaths possible over 50 years was approximately 8,212. Waverly Hills Patients 1926 - NEVER! Death Rate
What is now called the “body chute” is actually a tunnel that leads from the hospital to the railroad tracks at the bottom of the hill. Originally, this was built as nothing more than an underground tunnel to ship coal and food/produce up the hill to the hospital more efficiently. However, as the deaths continued to rise, the staff thought of another use. One side of the tunnel is concrete steps, while the other side consisted of a motorized rail and cable system. Eventually, this is where the bodies of the dead would be placed on gurney tables and lowered to the bottom of the tunnel where hearses would picked them up for funeral arrangements. Death Tunnel
This tunnel was totally enclosed from the morgue wing of the hospital insuring that the patients would not see how many bodies were leaving the hospital to keep up their morale. Doctors discovered early that mental health in patients is just as important as physical health. This tunnel is approximately 500 feet long, and has air vents every few feet to let in light and fresh air. It has been said that the tunnel was large enough to hold all the patients and staff as a bomb shelter during both World Wars if needed.
Haunting of Room 502 • Ghost researchers are always drawn to the fifth floor of the former hospital. The fifth floor consisted of two nurses’ stations, a pantry, a linen room, medicine room and two medium-sized rooms on both sides of the two nurses’ stations. One of these, Room 502, is the subject of many rumors and legends and just about every curiosity-seeker that had broken into Waverly Hills over the years wanted to see it. This is where, according to the stories, people have jumped to their deaths, have seen shapes moving in the windows and have heard disembodied voices that order trespassers to “get out”. In 1932, another nurse who worked in Room 502 was said to have jumped from the roof patio and plunged several stories to her death. No one seems to know why she would have done this but many have speculated that she may have actually have been pushed over the edge. There are no records to indicate this but rumors continue to persist.
Hauntings • During a less than five year period, members of the Louisville Ghost Hunters Society experienced ghostly sounds, heard slamming doors, saw lights appear in the building when there should have been none, had objects thrown at them, were struck by unseen hands, saw apparitions in doorways and corridors and more
The Man in The White Coat • One of the legends told of Waverly Hills involves a man in a white coat who has been seen walking in the kitchen and the smell of cooking food that sometimes wafts through the room. During their initial visit, they found the kitchen was a disaster, a ruin of broken windows, fallen plaster, broken tables and chairs and puddles of water and debris that resulted from a leaking roof. The cafeteria had not fared much better. It was also in ruins and the team quickly retreated. Before they could do so though, several of them reported the sounds of footsteps, a door swinging shut and the smell of fresh baked bread in the air. A quick search revealed that no one else was in the building and there was certainly no one cooking anything in the kitchen. They could come up with no logical explanation for what had occurred.
The Waverly Hills Sanitarium in Louisville Kentucky has it all-- cold spots, disembodied voices, and ghosts roaming the halls. It sits on a great hill overlooking the city and seems like a reigning fortress of gloom in its eerie, decaying state. The atmosphere is further darkened by a chilling history of mass death and of patient abuse during the years it was used as a geriatric hospital.
Waverly Today In 2001, Charlie and Tina Mattingly purchased the sanatorium where Charlie's dad had worked as an orderly for about four years during the time it was the tuberculosis hospital. They opened the building up to the public and conduct historical tours, paranormal tours and even overnight stays. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has since become one of the favored 'hot-spots' for paranormal researchers from all over the United States and perhaps even further. There must be good reason why this building has become so widely talked about in the ghost hunting community!
Just think about This • Do you believe the lingering stories and haunting’s of Waverly or do you think it’s all a big joke and money scam…… • I guess you’ll never truly know till you go there and find out…….
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