Friday, February 7, 2014

Waverly Hills Sanitorium To Become Hotel?

After a great many memorable and exciting, sometimes boring and hot, cold, and cranky explorations of the Waverly Hills Sanitorium in Kentucky by ghost hunting teams, it appears the funds have helped to generate the vision of the owners. They are prepared to renovate the historic building with such a horrible history of death during the TB epidemic, and turn it into a haunted-lovers travel destination, a hotel with 120 rooms, a museum and convention area.

At first, I wasn't sure what I thought about this, but as a person who grew up in a 250-year-old historic home, the preservation of that site was the most important aspect. Sure, it was creepy and nasty wandering the asbestos filled corridors with flashlights on a chilly autumn night, but the building was at risk of being lost to decay and even vandalism.

What I like about the way the owners have handled this is that they bought this place years and years ago and then realized the potential of the old historic building. They were lucky to latch onto the very hot wave of ghost hunting at its peak and rent the place out and have historic tours. It allowed them to raise the funds to make the vision they saw for this building. They don't make buildings like this anymore and when you have such a tragic site, the only way to deal with the horrific past is to embrace it.

I look forward to the changeover and when the place is open for business, I plan to go and report back.

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