Waverly Hills, the scariest place in Kentuckiana, could get a makeover


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on March 29, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 8:02 PM

(WHAS11) -- It's one of the most talked about haunted hospitals in the country, Waverly Hills, in Southwest  Jefferson County. Now there are initial plans in place to turn it into a hotel and convention center.

Waverly Hills has been in the spotlight for its paranormal activity for years. Making it a popular feature for countless ghost hunting shows and paranormal enthusiasts like Chicago native Chris Perchatsch who we met outside the locked gate to the former sanitarium Friday.

"It's one of the place when I came down here I had to visit," Chris Perchatsch said.

On March 20,  owner Charlie Mattingly filed papers on a zoning application to turn the 50 acres into a hotel, restaurant, convention center and bottling facility.

"We are moving along and we are making great progress everyday," Mattingly said.

The hospital treated tuberculosis patients from 1910 til 1962, 12,000 people are believed to have died here. Some urban legends put it around 40,000.  The owner says the intense interest would draw visitors from across the country.

"There's definitely a niche in hotels dealing with the supernatural spirits and people are into that stuff and are willing to pay to stay at these places to be scared," Perchatsch said.

The owner tells WHAS11 there has been so much interest into turning this into a hotel, he was already getting calls from around the country from people wanting to book rooms the first week it opens.

But this is only the first step in the process. Numerous agencies have to sign off on the project, public hearings and approval by the Metro Council.

If the gates open for good to tourists looking for a vacation with the ghosts, you can bet there would never be a dull moment.