Our hotel is close to Waverly Hills Sanatorium, just southwest of Louisville in Jefferson County. The Sanitorium opened its doors in 1910 for victims of the “White Plague,” or tuberculosis, which was ravaging the area at the beginning of the 20th century. The hospital stayed open for fifty years, until antibiotics made tuberculosis a thing of the past, and the need for the hospital decreased.
Due to tuberculosis’ contagious nature, diagnosed patients were cut off from society at Waverly Hills, allowing them to recover in the hills’ fresh air and self-contained community. In its heyday, Waverly Hills had its own zip code, postcode, and infrastructure, including water treatment, farming, and more.
Today, it is one of the most haunted places in Kentucky. Visiting is strictly restricted and trespassing is dangerous. Instead, sign up online for a guided tour or a paranormal investigation! Paranormal and historic tours are available for $25 per person, which covers a 1.5 to 2 hour long tour through the buildings. For an in depth experience, book a 6 or 8 hour investigation of the grounds.
One of the terrifying and fascinating spots along the way includes the underground tunnel from the bottom of the hill up to the hospital, which was used in bad weather, and to transport bodies. This spooky tunnel is the subject of a scary movie, the 2005 Death Tunnel.
The tours include stairs, and the older buildings are not heated and have no lighting. For a mixture of spookiness and history, our hotel near Waverly Hill Sanatorium provides comfortable lodgings to retreat to after your visit to this strange bit of Kentucky history.