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Waverly Hills Sanatorium

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RESIDENCE – WAVERLY HILLS SANATORIUM

Location: 4400 Paralee Ln, Louisville, KY 40272, United States

Small Description: Waverly Hills Sanatorium stands tall and intimidating on top of one of the highest hills overlooking Jefferson County, Kentucky. The Sanatorium opened its doors on July 26, 1910 and housed thousands of patients suffering from tuberculosis.

Over many years at least 6,000 people died at Waverly Hills. Patients often suffered through agonising treatments during their time, including electroshock therapy and experimental surgeries that involved collapsing a lung. To this present day the many deaths that have occurred in this building has saturated it with paranormal activity. It remains one of the most renowned haunted sites in America.

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Tuberculosis Patients
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Side Exterior

Ghost Story: The Nurse’s Station is, perhaps, the most notorious and frightening room of all. Supposedly people have jumped to their deaths from this room. Others have seen spectral images floating in the windows and heard disembodied voices say: “Get out!”

The story goes that in 1928, the head nurse was found dead in the room. She had hanged herself from the light fixture. No one knows why the 29-year-old woman would take her own life, but it’s believed that she was unmarried and pregnant. It is unknown how long her body hung before she was finally discovered. The county coroner’s office attributed her death to suicide.

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The Lady Ghost
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Room 502

In 1932, another nurse who worked in room 502 supposedly committed suicide when she jumped from the balcony of the roof. No one knows why.

In addition to hearing voices on this floor, witnesses have seen the full body apparition of a female nurse in white and have reported that room 502 gives them an “unsettling” feeling of great despair.

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The Body Chute
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Bonus Spook: The Body Chute is also another area to check out, if given permission. It is a 500 foot long tunnel that leads from the hospital to the railroad tracks at the bottom of the hill. Dead patients were sent down the tunnel to a waiting hurst. Voices are often heard along the long eerie passage!

References: Underworldtales.com / Ohioghosthunter.com
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