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Keith Kaiser got into the Halloween spirit with ScareFest 2013. As his unsuspecting co-workers rolled into work, he gave them a scare. The images will haunt you and make you laugh.
To protect himself from any retaliation from his antics, he safely spent Halloween morning at Waverly Hills Sanatorium, one of the scariest places on earth.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Valley Station opened for business on July 26, 1910, a two story building at the time.
The building was designed to accommodate 40 to 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.
Tuberculosis was becoming an epidemic in Valley Station, Pleasure Ridge Park, and other parts of Jefferson County in Kentucky. The small building quickly filled with 140 people, and a larger hospital was needed.
Construction of the gothic style Sanatorium began in March 1924 and opened for business on October 17, 1926.
It could accommodated at least 400 patients and was considered one of the most modern and well equipped facilities at the time.
Many of the treatments were experimental. These experimental treatments were often brutal, causing extreme pain to the patient both during and after the procedure.
Many of those same treatments left the patient with horrific scars and often times, disfigurement. Sadly, many patients undergoing these same treatments did not survive their battle with tuberculosis.
The facility served as a tuberculosis hospital until 1961until an antibiotic that successfully treated and cured TB was discoverer. It was closed down and quarantined, then renovated.
In 1962, the building reopened as WoodHaven Medical Services, a geriatric facility. WoodHaven Medical was closed by the state in 1980. Halloween night, Waverly opens the gates at 7:30PM and closes at midnight. $20.00 per person (cash only). Parking is $5.00 per car.