The history behind the hauntings at Waverly Hills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's known as one of the most haunted places in the country. But what makes Waverly Hills infamous for its ghosts?

In the 1930s Waverly Hills was seen as a place of aspiration, the Mayo Clinic of tuberculosis. People diagnosed with the deadly disease would come to Waverly from all over the country, hoping to go home healed.

Waverly Hills closed in 1961, it's death toll in the tens of thousands. Many strong emotions were left behind. In 1962, the building reopened as WoodHaven Medical Services, a geriatric facility, but the state closed it's doors in 1980.

"There's always been some kind of energy that's been up here on the hill," says Mike Flickner, a parapsychologist.

Many people believe Waverly Hills was haunted before the sanatorium was even built. Ghost encounters date back to the river Indians.

Flickner says, "The river Indians use to call this the spirit woods and they use to tell travels never go through the spirit woods."

Now, in 2013, the owner tells us he has run-ins with spirits regularly.

"I would run myself ragged running through this building swearing there was somebody in there that I was trying to run out and usually I wouldn't find anybody," says Waverly Hills owner, Charlie Mattingly.


Mattingly says he's come to accept that he shares the property with others, who watch the place around the clock.

On Sunday morning we take you inside Waverly Hills for a ghost hunt of our own!

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