We went crazy (pun intended) as we started to research the Most Haunted Places in the Bluegrass State. Here are our top 10:
- Waverly Hills Sanatorium – Louisville – Considered one of the most haunted places on Earth. Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a beautiful example of early 20th century early Tudor Gothic Revival style architecture and a major contributor to the Louisville, Ky community. Built in the early 1900s as a Tuberculosis Hospital, and later a mental hospital and geriatric center. The death count here was so high that patients were delivered for burial and disposal through a tunnel system, deemed the Death Tunnel. This was done to prevent panic among the residents. Waverly Hills was a self-contained community. A city in and of itself, complete with it’s own zip code
- Perryville Battlefield – On October 8, 1862, cannon explosions shattered the rural peace of this tranquil countryside and the death moans of young soldiers. Perryville became the site of the most destructive Civil War battle in the state which left more than 7,600 killed, wounded or missing.
- Octagon Hall – Franklin – The Octagon Hall Museum has been visited by over 250 different Paranormal Teams. Many of the stories of ghosts surrounding the property are associated with the Caldwell family, slaves, confederate, and union soldiers that stayed, lived or died there. It is documented that several soldiers from both sides, never physically left this property.
- Liberty Hall – Frankfort – Home of the Gray Lady , the aunt of owner John Brown’s wife. On a visit she passed away suddenly and has been seen many times.
- Cave Hill Cemetery – Louisville – Not just the resting place to Louisvillians since the 1800s, but also recently, Ali . Colonel Sanders also rests here, though they say birds won’t rest near his grave. Very ornate Victorian cemetery where paranormal activity has been reported.
- Bob Mackey’s Music World – Wilder – So haunted there is a sign above the front door that let’s customers know the bar is not responsible for paranormal shenanigans. This historic roadhouse gained its paranormal reputation after two Satanists murdered and beheaded a woman named Pearl Bryan in 1897.
- Old Talbott Tavern – Bardstown – The oldest Tavern in Kentucky built in 1779. Another place on our lists where the the notorious Jesse James used to hang. They say here is where his ghost remains. Used to be a stagecoach stop.
- Camp Taylor – Louisville – Now known as the Camp Taylor neighborhood was originally one of the country’s military camps going into WWI at one time housing over 47,000 troops. Then a tuberculosis outbreak killed 1000s. Soldiers, Women in Victorian dress can still be seen walking the streets late at night.
- Kentucky State Penitentiary – Eddyville – Known as the Castle on the Cumberland. Built in 1886. A “super-max” prison, at any given time over 800 inmates can still be found here. A history of torture, bad conditions and more lead to stories of many prisoners who have never left.