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West Virginia Penitentiary

Address: 818 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, WV
Phone Number: 304-845-6200
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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New Hyde Park, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The tour guide was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and told us some great stories about the Penitentiary. I enjoyed the historical aspect and the unique experience. There were some movies and or TV shows that were filmed here. This place is definitely worth a visit.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We took a special trip to Moundsville from Charleston, WV just to visit here. We had went to the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum a few years ago and knew this was somewhere we wanted to see as well. We took the daytime history tour. Our guide (I'm afraid I don't remember her name) was great and very knowledgeable. It was... More 

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Moundsville, West Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 via mobile

Very interesting. Friendly tour guide. A lot of history. Great history in the gift shop as well. My family and I will definitely be back. .

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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 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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4 attraction reviews
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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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66 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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