Travel To 8 Of Kentucky's Mysteriously Abandoned Places And Learn Their Incredible Stories
With so many backroads throughout the beautiful state of Kentucky, you’ve very likely come across an old home or maybe a barn or even a business that was once filled with life but now stands lifeless and abandoned. These abandoned houses in Kentucky can be eyesores and even sad, but they are also incredibly intriguing and uniquely beautiful. Local Kentucky photographer, Brad Barker, knows not only how to track down these abandoned places, but also how to capture their spirit in a photo. For more of his work, you can check out his Instagram account, but for starters, let’s travel to eight of Kentucky’s mysteriously abandoned places and learn a bit about their incredible stories.
We can only hope these abandoned houses in Kentucky will once again be filled with life (as a few actually have!) but for now, we can look at these beautifully mysterious photos. Are you intrigued by abandoned spots in Kentucky? Have you been researching “abandoned places near me”? Do you have a favorite with an interesting story? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!
And for another mysteriously abandoned place in Kentucky, check out our previous article covering one of the creepiest cemeteries in Kentucky. And if you’re planning to drive around the state, don’t forget to check out our list of road trip essentials.
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Abandoned houses in Kentucky
Are there any abandoned places in Kentucky I can tour?
Some abandoned places in Kentucky that are open for touring include:
- Waverly Hills Sanatorium
- Old Capital Building in Frankfort
Absolutely! In Louisville, Kentucky, Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a historic former hospital in Louisville that came close to being demolished. A historical society saved it and has offered tours, ghost hunts, and other events for several years. The building (and its ghostly residents) has gained much notoriety over the years thanks to famous ghost hunters, television shows, and word of mouth from visitors. If you enjoy history, haunting tales, and meeting ghosts, a tour should be on your bucket list.
Another haunted place to tour in Kentucky is, of course, the Old Capitol Building in Frankfort. Hailed as one of the most haunted places in Kentucky, this stunning building is the stuff legends are made of. When you step inside, the air is thick with the weight of a ghostly history, something brave folks can explore during a nighttime tour of the building. During the one-hour tour, guests will explore this iconic Greek Revival edifice, hearing spooky stories from the Kentucky Historical Society Collections. Because this building's tenure happened during one of the most contentious times in Kentucky history (the violence surrounding the 1900 gubernatorial election and subsequent death of William Goebel left the state on the brink of a civil war, in fact), ghost stories abound about the Old Capitol Building ... what a place to explore during the spooky season!