Friday, October 24, 2008

Waverly Hills Sanitarium

Waverly Hills Sanitarium- Kentucky

Waverly Hills Sanitarium is said to be one of the most haunted locations in the United States, and being a current resident of Kentucky, I was able to visit it along with my friend Anne aka Frenchie.

We went on a 2 hour tour of the closed TB hospital last April and it was great. The ambiance of the place was spooky from the moment we drove up to the gate. A gigantic building that screamed “abandoned” in spite of the many stories of shadow people and “Timmy” the child ghost, the gargoyle in the front only enhanced the feeling as it crept up upon us as we turned the corner to follow the tour group in for our orientation.

As night fell, we began our tour with our very friendly and informed tour guides. We learned a lot about the epidemic that spread throughout the area and the many attempts at curing the disease. As we walked through the building we heard about ghost sightings and took in some very skillfully executed graffiti from the days when the building lay empty and unmonitored.

At times during our tour we participated in “experiments” meant to give each one of us a chance of touching the spirit world, but as a medium, I didn’t notice too much activity. I did feel the spirit of a woman named Frieda who apparently worked there, and my friend Anne got a sense of two shadows around her as she walked down a frequently “inhabited” hallway on her own. She also got an interesting photo which looked to me to have captured an apparition, but we are unsure.

Overall, it was a great experience and I highly recommend a tour to anyone in the Louisville area. Next time I will definitely go for a half night tour where the group is smaller and one has many more chances at meeting Casper or one of his friends. I have provided a link to Waverly’s website so you can get more information.

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