Waverly Hills Sanatorium is supposed to be one of the most haunted locations in America. It has been popularized on Ghost Hunters on the SyFy channel, Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel, and even all the way over to the UK on Brittan's Most Haunted.
The sanatorium opened in 1910 to cope with the "white plague" of tuberculosis. The hospital was expanded many times until the use of antibiotics made it unnecessary and it closed it's doors in 1961.
The hospital then became Woodhaven Medical Services in 1962 and opened it's doors to treat aging patients with dementia as well as the severely retarded. The facility was shut down by the state in 1982 due to patient abuse and neglect.
So considering the sad history of this location, is it any wonder that spirits would linger? My two favorite tales from the hospital include the "death chute" and room 502.
Waverly Hills Death Chute: The so called "death chute" was first used as a way to deliver supplies and workers to the hospital without navigating the steep hill, but during the hospitals time as a sanatorium there were no antibiotics for tuberculosis and treatment consisted mostly of high spirits and fresh air. Obviously, patients often died from the disease at the hospital and doctors felt that the sight of bodies being removed would depress the remaining patients. The underground tunnel was then used to transport the dead from the hospital, down the chute, to a waiting hearse. On the Ghost Hunters episode, investigators felt a definite uneasiness in the tunnel.
Room 502 at Waverly Hills: Legend has it that when an unmarried nurse working at the hospital discovered she was pregnant, she committed suicide in room 502. Many paranormal investigators have visited that room and most report evidence of paranormal activity in that room.
Do you have a favorite story from Waverly Hills?