Hayswood Hospital Is a Tourism Draw?
The Ledger recently wrote an article about proposed uses for the Hayswood building, including converting it into apartments or using the space to solve the growing parking issue downtown.
The article also touched upon the hospital's notoriety as a hangout for haunts. However it's not just haunted, it's also a popular destination for ghost hunters here and abroad. I personally know of several ghost hunters from Cincinnati who have made the trip out here, just to stand at the bottom of the hill and look up at it, hoping to catch a glimpse of the other side. They take photos of the building hoping that when the film is developed, a shadow or light phenomena called "orbs" might appear in the shot (some believe they've caught evidence on film of the ghosts in Hayswood).
Groups like the Louisville Ghost Hunters Society have also expressed interest in Hayswood and doing a thorough investigation of the grounds. The LGHS is a huge organization and was recently featured in two shows for the Sci-Fi Channel about the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, a hospital for tuberculosis patients near Louisville that closed in the 1960s.
These ghost hunters actually prefer an eye-sore : )
So, yes, currently Hayswood Hospital is a tourism draw, although slightly off the beaten path of other Maysville tourism draws like its place in Underground Railroad lore. The tourism element is partially because of people letting others know the stories behind the building, mostly online. Kudos to the Ledger for mentioning paranormalmagazine.com, which is another blog I write for and drop strange tales of Maysville whenever I come across them. Just for reference, the Haunted Travels Industry is booming and is estimated in the hundreds of millions.