The Waverly Hills Sanatorium


Waverly Hills Sanatorium sits on land that was originally purchased by Major Thomas H. Hays in 1883. Major Hays was in need of a school for his daughters to attend, so he started a one room school house that was located on Pages Lane. He hired a woman named Lizzie Lee Harris to teach at the school. Her love for the tiny school in addition to her fondness for Scott’s Waverley Novels, prompted her to name the little school house, Waverley School. Major Hays liked the name, and chose to name his property Waverley Hill. The Board of Tuberculosis Hospital kept the name after purchasing the land and opening the Sanatorium. Originally, Waverly Hills Sanatorium was a two-story frame building, with a hipped roof and half timbering. Construction on this building began in 1908, and opened for business on July 26, 1910. The building was designed to safely accommodate 40-50 tuberculosis patients. At the time, tuberculosis was a very serious disease. People who were afflicted with tuberculosis were isolated from the general public and placed in an area where they could rest, stay calm, and have plenty of fresh air. Sanatoriums were built on high hills surrounded by peaceful woods to create a serene atmosphere to help the patients recover.

Highest Review

Went in very skeptical, not believing all the hype and bs that goes with this type of place, I didn’t feel the “forces” pushing me up or down the death tunnel, didn’t believe the flashlight blinking on floor one or four, However on the fourth floor when we did the experiment where one man and one woman go to the end of the hallway the walk back slowly, we seen shadows moving that I couldn’t explain, a friend of mine was the one guy who walked the hall for our experiment and he SWEARS his arm and legs were being grabbed on his walk back to us, two women behind us were swing two shadows walk out of one the rooms, I kept seeing some strange movement in one of the rooms on the 4th floor. Not sure if everything was “Real” or not but definitely some odd things went on while we were on that floor, I definitely want to go back and maybe even get the courage up to be one of the ones to walk the hall!!!!!

Lowest Review

A buddy and I went here 5-8-15. Tour was okay, didn’t last the advertised two hours. When we finished, we couldn’t go back into the gift shop because another group was preparing to start their tour. So, no bathroom, refreshments, or gifts. Would have been nice if they told us that beforehand! Was it worth $22? Maybe, maybe not.

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