Saturday, February 12, 2011

Waverly Hills Sanatorium


One of the most haunted places in the world is Waverly Hills sanatorium. The sanatorium was built in 1910 and was to provide hospital care for up to fifty people suffering from tuberculosis. Before the hospital building was complete, people suffering from advanced cases of tuberculosis were sent to the hospital grounds and put up in tents until the hospital was done. By 1916, the hospital could house one hundred and thirty people. In 1926, the hospital was five stories high to house even more people until a cure for was found for tuberculosis, which resulted in the sanatorium closing in 1943.

Waverly reopened in 1962 and was called Woodhaven Geriatrics Hospital, but had to close due to patient abuse allegations in 1981. It was said that the patients in the hospital had mental problems and was duped the insane asylum. There was a tunnel constructed on the grounds from the hospital to the bottom of the hill. It was said that as patients died, their bodies were carted to the tunnel and placed on the railroad line discreetly so that no other patients would see.

It is said that people that visited the old uninhabited hospital have heard doors slamming, a child crying and seen a woman with bleeding wrists. They have also seen a hearse appear in the back of the hospital dropping off coffins. Many have seen lights in the windows even when the power was turned off.

Ghost hunters have spent hours in the hospital and are drawn to the fifth floor. It seems that room 502 is where people have jumped to their deaths, saw movement of shapes in the window and heard a voice order them out of the room. It is said that the mentally insane tuberculosis patients were housed away from the rest of the patients on the fifth floor.

Besides ghost hunters seeing these strange occurrences, homeless people that have called the abandoned hospital home, have heard many people crying and walking through the halls, especially on the fifth floor by room 502. However, the fourth floor has an eerie feeling about it.

Although new owners have opened the hospital to ghost hunters, they are also making it a haunted house. With all the haunting that seems to be happening already, one has to wonder if it is indeed safe to have people moving around the floors when ghosts could be watching and disproving.

Before the new owners brought the hospital, they were aware of the secrets that lie behind the doors of Waverly Hills. Ghost hunters continue to visit the hospital and seek out the fifth and fourth floors to capture any sign of ghosts walking the halls.

Fortunately for them, there are many ghosts that appear to be haunting Waverly Hills and it would have to be the patients that were once imprisoned in their rooms and used as guinea pigs in the once talked about human experiments. They died horrible deaths and were discarded through the tunnel that leads to the hill.

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