Waverley Hills Sanatorium

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  1. Mark says:

    Hey Laura,

    I just noticed this article. I have done a bit of research as well and find the history and its lore a bit colorful indeed.

    I do have one point to make: Before the hospital came into being, the owner of the property built a small schoolhouse for his children, and then hired a teacher who subsequently applied the name “Waverly” to the structure. This, apparently, is how the name originated. In any case, you didn’t include this in your background, so I wasn’t sure you were aware of it, although you are excellent at research and have undoubtedly run across it as well.

    I have never heard about the hobo and the satanic killing, but I have heard that a hobo was found dead in an elevator. Apparently, no satanic circumstances were involved, and that his death was due to injury. In an old hospital that size, such an outcome is extremely possible, hence the reason trespassing is dissuaded.

    I do ask: Do you believe Waverly to be haunted, despite the lore and legends? If so, what is your rationale and reasoning? Hospitals do contain much pain and despair as a matter of course, so if any type of structure were to be haunted, this would be it, especially one with as many as 8,000 deaths over the years.

    Why the hell is the 65,000/100,000 death count continuously persisted? Is it because people find that more thrilling than fact? Read that as rhetorical, but I am still curious, LOL.

    By the way, I will register a new password and get in there to my articles as soon as I can. I may have new articles coming as well. I still have that link in my email inbox. Is it still usable? If not, can you please send me a new one? Sorry about that.

    Take care.

    • admin says:

      Hi, Mark! Great to hear from you. I’m finally getting around to working on this site some. Do you like the new template? I had to get one that will work with mobile devices.

      No, I’ve never ran across that about the teacher. The only thing the old records stated was an estate was once there, and it was all demolished to create the hospital.

      One of the reasons I do sites like this and VaCreeper is to try and combat some of the misinformation about legendary sites. There is far more erroneous info out there than factual or legitimate information. Over time, the lies become truth, sad to say.

      I think the numbers were just fabricated to make the stories more interesting. It’s like the Pearl Bryan murder and Bobbie Mackie’s bar (also in KY). Not a shred of evidence even remotely links the two events, but the legend says they are right together, and so does most “haunted” tv documentaries and shows.

      Most definitely. I do think Waverley is haunted. Hospitals are where people die, most of the time. I think they all are, especially after a number of decades or even centuries. It’s just the nature of the beast, so to speak. The hospital where my father died was just built in the 1950s, and he died in the 1980s. The feel of the “old” part was almost palpable. You could feel someone near in most parts of it, or someone watching, even when there wasn’t anyone there. I was 12 and at the hospital all the time. I did a lot of exploring…lol.

      That’s fine. Let me know when you get the password stuff fixed and I’ll check the other.

      • Mark says:

        Hi Laura,

        I do not recall where I read about the schoolhouse, but it was a reputable source. In fact, it might have been the official Waverly Hills website, which I have visited. When I find the information and the source, I will happily share it. Perhaps I am in error on this. I will have to recheck.

        By the way, would you be able to share those old records with me? Did you find them through the same resource you shared the last time you directed me to those various articles? I have been conducting research on and off, but I got absorbed into real-life . . . You know what’s going on with me, so you understand. I would love to read more about the place when you have the chance.

        Of course,, dispensing with falsities is important. I am saddened as well to find so much false misinformation throughout the internet, especially when facts are easily available and accessible. I am all for finding truth to stories. Reality has a stronger appeal to me than fabrications. As the saying goes: “fact is stranger than fiction.” For me, however, fact is also more INTRIGUING than fiction, mainly because it reflects what has happened, and that gets my mind stirring all the time.

        Yes, I like the new template. It’s streamlined and easy to use. I presume these are the reasons you decide to redo the site, aside from making it mobile-accessible?

        • admin says:

          I have all kinds of resources. I use Gutenburg.org, Google books, Chronicling America, and have a subscription to newspapers.com. Chronicling America is a good one for very early information on Waverley, you can just filter by date and location.

          The strange thing is, once the sensation has been so promoted and discussed, the truth becomes innovative and original. That’s just a funny twist by itself. Or just sad. But, I prefer to see it as amusing.

          TY. Yes, I wanted to give it a fresh look. I hope to be adding more and will probably need better organization. I needed a template that could handle a lot of different content.

  2. Mark says:

    I am sorry to hear about your father. How did he die? I lost my father four months prior to my birth. He died as the result of a freak accident at the old Detroit train depot where he worked at the time. The man was riding a forklift (for the regular driver absent at the time) and toppled into an elevator shaft that descended to a sub-level. He died instantly.

    Therein lies another potential ghost story. I have heard the old place is haunted (although how can that be possible, unless someone once died there?). The depot, which towers some twenty or so stories, is still there, but it is not used. In this case, one possible story behind a haunting may be true, and I can attest to it. 😉

    As for hospitals, yes, I always feel something when I visit one. Perhaps its the despair, but it is, as you say, palpable. I presume your experience in the hospital with your father led you on the path to where you are now?

    • admin says:

      He died after a 7-month battle with cancer. It was pretty traumatic. He’d never even had the flu before. He was diagnosed in March, and died in November. When you’re that young, you just assume they’ll be healthy until the end. But, I did know he would be gone before I was 16. I don’t know how I knew that, but I did.

      That sounds horrible. Your mother must’ve had a tremendous struggle. I think places like that are often haunted, too. Regardless of whether anyone dies, they are the center for some incredible ordeals. That’s a lot of negativity to influence a place.

      I’m sure his death had some influence, but I was born with a thirst for info on the supernatural…lol. When I was very little, I wanted to hear ghost stories all the time. I was heavily into ancient history back then. I don’t know why. I did start writing a few weeks after he died, though, and I’ve been at it since. I’ve always sensed things, and witnessed things. If I’d had the internet back then, it’s hard to tell where I would be today.

      To sum it all up, strange things happen around me and they always have.

  3. Mark says:

    Hi Laura,

    I have lost many family members to cancer, including my sister two years ago, so it is an issue that is close to me as well. The time quickly progressed from the point we heard about her cancer till the day she died. The disease moves swiftly, indeed.

    As for Waverly School, here it is:


    Go down to “History” and read there. The section starts with the point about the school being erected there for his daughters. Yes, this is Wikipedia, but that site is getting better. You can also look into the references below as well.

    Strange experiences? I am not alien to those either, so I can definitely relate. 😉

    • admin says:

      I’ll have to look into that. The thing with much modern information is it gives bits of info that weren’t known at the time of the event, so it’s really a coin toss. Not to say it is automatically false or anything, just that things like that are well-documented when they happen. The only thing the texts from that era said was a plantation house stood there. The need for a hospital and its earliest construction was well-documented. Fortunately, most hospitals in America have good backgrounds because they’re so new.

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