I’ve always been extremely fascinated with ghosts, hauntings, scary stories, and anything related. So I’ve learned quite a bit about it in the last few years, and would like to share. Here are a couple places that are supposed to be extremely haunted that I’d love to visit and some info on the history of them! Even if you don’t believe in the paranormal and whatnot, these are still some pretty cool places, filled with history.
First of all, if you’ve ever visited Traverse City, MI, then you know that there were some crazy things going on there in the past. The city alone has this crazy heavy feel to it. Like the air is more dense or something. Just throws off some major creepy vibes. The Traverse City State Hospital was built in 1885, and more than likely the most eerie place in the city. The Hospital was open just over 100 years before getting shut down. This place was also known as the Northern Michigan Asylum, due to it originally being an asylum for the mentally unstable. The asylum was extremely populated, opening because neighboring asylums had begun having overcrowding issues, housing as many as 3000 patients at a time. Having been an 1800’s insane asylum, some very twisted and violent things happened there, since nobody really knew about mental illnesses yet or how to properly treat them. Although the use of straightjackets had been banned in the hospital, they still used strange forms of treatment. There is a big tree in the courtyard called the Hippy Tree, that even has been called a portal to hell by many people. People have reported seeing ghosts, feeling and hearing things, even say the grounds themselves have evil memories attached to them. I’ve heard stories of a priest in the chapel there that hung himself on the hospital grounds, driven to suicide by the dark spirits, some even say you can see him walking the halls with the noose around his neck some nights. A lot of the furniture is chained to the ground, according to regulars, when they first opened the hospital back up as a tourist attraction/historical landmark, the furniture would be moved when the employees arrived in the morning to open up, things would end up on the far other side of the hospital, where nobody even has access to, yet it would happen while the hospital was closed and locked down and nobody was in there. Spooooky, right?
So the next place I’ve been wanting to visit is Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky. The place even LOOKS creepy, I promise, look it up. It looks like it needs a pair of stone gargoyles guarding it. It was built in 1910 to treat tuberculosis victims, during the “white plague” that was sweeping over the country at the time. At that point, obviously, there was no vaccine, or even known cure for tuberculosis, so as you can imagine, there were some gnarly experimental procedures going on. I’m gonna go out on a guess and assume that since tuberculosis was quite fatal at the time, they got quite gruesome with their experiments, often being almost if not just as fatal as the disease itself. The tuberculosis epidemic got really bad in 1945, causing 152 deaths in the sanatorium, among the 8,000 that were reported during all the years this place was open. Between the years of 1960 and 1989, the sanatorium switched it up a bit and served as a geriatric hospital. The majority of scary and spooky stories about the old hospital were based around this time. The patients were so severely mistreated, there are even claims that electroshock therapy was used on a lot of them! Since Waverly Hills has been closed down, lots of people have gone out there, hoping to scare themselves or something, I don’t know. But there have been lots of reports of doors slamming by themselves, strange noises in the building, footsteps, some even heard the scream of patients from empty, deserted rooms. Shadow figures have been said to wander the halls, and lurk in dark areas, even follow visitors through the narrow corridors. Not to mention, there was an entire “body chute” for all the dead patients, also called the death tunnel; it was an underground tunnel that leads from the hospital to the railway tracks at the bottom of the hill, essentially to get rid of the dead bodies before the living patents could see them. Ew.