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West Virginia Penitentiary

818 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, WV
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Built in 1867 and in operation until 1995, this prison offers tours of the cells and the retired electric chair.
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Usa, Tanzania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

With family members visiting, I thought this would be a fun thing to do. (This is my 4th time!) It never disappoints! My mother-in-law had a good time, and even got her picture taken in a cell! (she's 77!) The tours not that expensive, and we were lucky enough to have a former guard giving the tour. She is one... More

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Allison Park, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The tour was led by a former guard at the penitentiary, and his stories kept us fascinated. Throughout the massive facility, we stood where both inmates and guards once stood as we learned the incredible tales of the building, prisoners, wardens, and riots. It's a great tour for the money.

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Tenafly, NJ
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Please check to see if the Marshall County Tourism “Bundle Package” 30-day pass is beneficial for you at www.mcwvadventures.com. I was told about it at my last Moundsville tourist destination and was very disappointed that no one at the Penitentiary mentioned this money saving opportunity upon arrival. I confirmed a 10am tour on their website but when we got there,... More

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Fairmont, WV
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132 reviews 132 reviews
32 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Maggie was our great tour guide. She worked for 10 years at the prison as a correctional officer so she was very knowledgeable and made the tour a very interesting one.

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Galena, Ohio, USA
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Went for an overnight ghost hunt this weekend. It's so big I need to return to finish exploring all the areas that I wanted to. The staff is knowledgable and obviously care about the building and its stories. The upkeep of this old building is done well, very clean. Would like to go back for a day tour but highly... More

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Branchville, New Jersey
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146 reviews 146 reviews
84 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The sheer size of the building was enough for me, then we actually took the tour and I was even more impressed. Our tour guide was very knowledgable since she worked first hand in the prison. The stories were incredible and the building and architecture was a treat to see. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone, especially since... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This closed state penitentiary has tours that are a little long, conducted by former officers who worked there. The tour took 1 1/2 hours, and could have been slightly shorter, but the man had very interesting personal and historical stories about the prison. You can get locked in a cell, which was actually scarier than I thought it would be,... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We came on a Monday and the staff seemed so happy we where there!! Ryan was our guide and we walked threw the jail he told us lots of stories. Even the kids enjoyed it. I would love to come back and do a overnight ghost hunt!

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I've lived in West Virginia for 48 years and had never been to Moundsville to visit the State Penitentiary. We visited last week for the first time and had an amazing tour. It is overwhelming, and worth a second visit to see what you missed the first time. They offer haunted tours, but we took a regular historic walking tour.... More

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Beckley, West Virginia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

A step back in time with an informative tour guide (former prison guard) named Chuck. He took me through the prison grounds and narrated a rich history of the prison from the early days of construction all the way to the prison's closure in 1995. The artwork by the prisoners is both stunning and disturbing. The size of the cells... More

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