Waverly Hills haunted site passes zoning hurdle to renovations

In a short piece from the local paper, we find that the Waverly Hills paranormal site is a step closer to become a larger tourist attraction.

Waverly Hills zoning change request passes in Metro Council – WDRB 41 Louisville News.

The Louisville Metro Council approved a zoning change request by the owner of the Waverly Hills Sanitarium, Feb. 27.

The property’s owner, Charlie Mattingly, wants to turn Waverly Hills into a hotel and convention center.

The site is referred to as one of the scariest places on earth. The sanitarium is a popular destination for ghost hunters and haunted house enthusiasts.

Indeed it’s popular. It’s also not well documented as haunted since the evidence is all over the place, not very good and has not been colated and analyzed – typical of the haphazard, independent nature of paranormal investigation that looks more like a hobby than a serious inquiry. Regardless, best of luck to Mattingly. This huge old structures require not only extensive renovation to come up to current codes but also significant funds to maintain. Will ghost hunters pay up for that? Maybe but for how long?

More on Waverly Hills. (Unfortunately, I can’t find any good skeptical pieces on WHS online anymore. If anyone has links, please post.)

Former hospital is top ghost attraction, sacrificing accurate history | Doubtful News.

Discussion of the Ghost Hunters investigation at Waverly Hills Sanatorium (WHS).

Photo credit: AP Photo/Dylan Lovan

Photo credit: AP Photo/Dylan Lovan

  2 comments for “Waverly Hills haunted site passes zoning hurdle to renovations

  1. Chris Howard
    February 28, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Good news!

    It is a beautiful building, although it currently sits on a lot less of the former property.

    There are lots for sale directly around it, as well as houses, and various businesses in the area.

    I’m a bit skeptical that a hotel/convention center will work at that site, tough. It’s in an odd area of Louisville.

  2. busterggi
    February 28, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    There is an excellent discussion on this place on Monster Talk podcast, episode 15.

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