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Sold-out tours helping to make Waverly Hills hotel possible

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Friday the 13th and a full moon is leading to big business at Waverly Hills this weekend. There was so much interest from the public to tour the old tuberculosis hospital, that an extra tour had to be added for the weekend.

“It's the feeling that you get in the building and all of the odd anomalies that happen in here that most people relate that with paranormal activity,” said owner Charlie Mattingly.

Thousands of people reportedly died at Waverly Hills Sanatorium in the early to mid 1900’s. Waverly Hills closed in 1961 and has changed owners over the years.

Charlie Mattingly and his wife bought it in 2001, and offer tours for most of the year.

With it being Friday the 13th and a full moon, hundreds of people are signed up to go inside this weekend.

This is the last time a full moon will fall on Friday the 13th until 2049.

“I checked with the ladies from the Historical Society to find out if we had any openings and they said we're booked solid this weekend. It's great for us,” said Mattingly.

Mattingly has high hopes to also one day turn Waverly Hills into a destination hotel and convention center.

“People won't come here just because they need a room. They're going to come here because they want to have an experience for the weekend,” said Mattingly.

He continues to apply for different permits as they are slowly working to make the hotel a reality.

He says they've been unable to secure loans, so every penny from every tour is helping.

“We tell people when they come here that you're giving us a donation and by the way, come on in and lets show you the place is how we word that,” said Mattingly.

Mattingly says for now, they're restoring a 90-year-old elevator and a new sprinkler system should be ready in the coming days.

There are some financial hurdles that he's trying to overcome to make his dream possible, but he's hopeful Waverly Hills will be more than just a place for tours.

Mattingly says it would take at least 5 years for a hotel to possibly be ready to open at Waverly Hills.

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