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West Virginia Penitentiary

818 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, WV
304-845-6200
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Built in 1867 and in operation until 1995, this prison offers tours of the cells and the retired...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner 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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Cleveland, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Our tour guide Ralph was wonderful! We were entertained, educated, and yes, creeped out at times. He told us many stories and even some updates of the prisoners. The architecture of the building is stunning. Definately worth the time and cost.

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Wheeling, West Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Right in my backyard is a huge, looming, Gothic structure. For years I have driven past the penitentiary, around the penitentiary. I have listened to stories about haunted tales, famous inmates, incredible haunted houses. On a clear October day, under a brilliant blue sky, my family made the trek to the penitentiary and took the 1 and a half hour... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Overall, this was a fun experience. The tour guide was knowledgeable; the confined cells each told a story of the individual that was forced to maintain stability in such a secluded and other wise unrealistic realm that would make the clearest mind go insane. Pretty neat. A few of our pictures revealed multiple visible orbs. The biggest let down was... More 

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Warren, Ohio
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242 reviews 242 reviews
65 attraction reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

On a motorcycle ride down the Ohio river on the Ohio side I seen sign for this state penitentiary. So I cross over the river and had to check this place out. Just made the tour time and what a neat place. Kind of spooky very old learen some go history here on this tour. Glad I took the time... More 

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Moundsville, West Virginia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Although the penitentiary is getting a tad run down, it is still fascinating to tour. The guides are always very friendly and usually have some very interesting stories and facts about prisoners and life in the pen. The cost is reasonable, however, I'd really like to be able to tour more of the penitentiary. Unfortunately, due to safety concerns, several... More 

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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65 reviews 65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

It was a bright but cold and windy day which made the tour more real. The guide was knowledgeable and funny. We went into the old cellblock and new cell block. Both convinced me I don't want to go to jail It was a cold and windy day which made the tour more real. The guide was very good. We... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

For $12 adult admission I guess you can't go wrong. But I was expecting more. The tour really didn't get into the down and dirty areas. Just some weird paintings by prisoners on the walls (Mutant Ninja Turtles?), empty rooms where such-and-such used to be. The recreation area outside. And the prison cells. This was just ok. I wish we... More 

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Germantown, Maryland, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The staff is friendly, and you get unfettered access to the entire facility to explore and ponder. They provide an initial tour which is very informative and interesting, then turn you loose to explore on your own. Very cool!

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Houston
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My husband and I were in the area and observed the beautiful facade. On a lark, we purchased a tour. Our guide was knowledgeable about the history of the prison and was able to help us reconcile the events related to the prison with the politics of the day and history. It was fascinating. I would love to participate in... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We did the North Walk flashlight tour on November 1st. It was very well organized. The tour guide lead us all through the prison and told stories throughout regarding the most violent criminals/murders. A lighted tour would have been adequate but the flashlight tour at night added to the enjoyment.

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