Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky.
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium was opened in 1910 to deal with the massive outbreak of tuberculosis, originally acommodating 40 to 50 patients, it was extended in 1926 to house more than 400 patients and closed in 1961.
Numerous reports of paranormal activity and urban legends have been connected to this place. One such tale involves Room 502 where in 1928 the body of a 29 year old nurse was found; she had hanged herself from a light fixture, it is thought she took her own life because she was unmarried and pregnant to the owner of the sanatorium; she had also contracted tuberculosis. Visitors to this room have reported feelings of great despair and the sound of a disembodied voice telling them to “Get out!”.
Ghostly voices have also been heard in the dark and eerie 525 foot long “Death Tunnel” where the bodies of dead patients where transported underground via gurneys to an awaiting hearse; this was done out of sight so as to keep morale up amongst the other patients.
The rooftop was used for “heliotherapy” or “light therapy” sessions for the treatment of TB of the bones by using sunlight. The child patients were supplied with a swing set to play on while they were receiving this treatment. Some have heard the voices of children chanting the nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosy” in this location.
Other phenomena documented include mysterious lights appearing at night and the sound of a television in the building when there has been no electricity for many years. The terrifying apparition a screaming woman with bleeding wrists, the ghostly figure of a little girl peering out of the third floor windows and the spectre of a boy running through the hallways with a leather ball have also been seen.