Saturday, October 18, 2014

Waverly Hills, tuberculosis, barbaric cures and a body chute...

Are you brave enough to visit Waverly Hills in Louisville, Kentucky? The contagious plague, tuberculosis known as “white death” claimed entire families and sometimes an entire town. Waverly Hills was opened in 1926 when the original complex was no longer big enough to hold all those afflicted with tuberculosis. Although considered to be the most advanced tuberculosis sanatorium, thousands of patients at Waverly Hills died during the epidemic. An enclosed tunnel carried the dead bodies to waiting train cars so that the patients wouldn't see how many people where dying.

With new medication tuberculosis was largely eradicated and in 1961 and Waverly Hills was closed. It re-opened a year later as a Geriatrics Sanitarium. Rumors of patient mistreatment, unusual experiments and horrible conditions caused the state to close Waverly Hills for good.

Now a tourist attraction, you can tour or spend the night in the atmosphere of pain, agony and death still confined between the walls of the decaying hospital. Reports of eerie shadows, unexplained footsteps, disembodied voices, screaming and crying might keep you awake all night. A six or seven-year-old boy may visit and play with a ball and a pregnant nurse that allegedly committed suicide might be hanging out in Room 502.

So, would you do it? Would you spend the night in a damp, decaying sanitarium where thousands of souls could be trapped? 

Around the campfire I was always the one telling the ghost story. Feel free to check out my website and the haunted novels I've written.   Thanks, Victoria Roder 


3 comments:

Big Mike said...

Wow Victoria

You really get into some diverse topics. Amazing the breath of subjects we all bring to the table.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2012)

Big Mike said...

Wow Victoria

You really get into some diverse topics. Amazing the breath of subjects we all bring to the table.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2012)

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Ooo-eee-ooooooooo.

No I wouldn't! The ghosts yes. But could there be bacteria embedded in the cement of a DAMP place like that?

I’m the first in line for flu shots, and a good thing as our local CVS ran out this morning. I went there last Wed., and they had only received them Tuesday.