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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

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Address: 71 Asylum Drive, Weston, WV 26452
Phone Number: 304-269-5070
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: More European castle than American hospital, this former insane asylum...
More European castle than American hospital, this former insane asylum offers customized tours. e.g. Museum Tour, Civil War Tours, Asylum Treatments and History and the Paranormal. This Gothic National Historic Landmark holds 130 years of American history’s dark side.
1st Floor (45 min) - $10.00Learn about the pioneers of humane treatment for the mentally ill while visiting the first two wards for the patients and see the Civil War Section of the hospital. Hear about the gold robbery that helped West Virginia become a state and how being a border state affected the area.$10.00All 4 Floors plus the first floor of the Medical Center (90 min) - $30.00This tour includes all of the first floor tour experience plus, step back in time to the 1935 fire that destroyed four wards of the Asylum. Visit the doctors' apartments, nurses’ quarters; Ward F where the most deviant of patients were kept, and explore the first floor of the Medical Center. Learn the history of medical treatments performed in asylums as well as how this facility helped the local community through two wars and the depression.$30.00The Civil War Tour (75 min) - $25.00Celebrate the West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Step back in time on this walking tour of the Asylum and the grounds. The historic community holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, gold robberies, and remarkable citizens. Trace the footsteps of men who went on to lead our country as presidents. Identified on the Civil War Trails map as a vital location during the conflict, this is an excellent stop on a state wide Civil War excursion. Tour Availability is subject to weather conditions.The Cemetery and Farm Tour (70 min) - $25.00Enjoy an open air wagon ride while learning about therapeutic labor, the process of purchasing and developing TALA's land, the Farm, coal mine, struggles to obtain water, and more. Also explored is the history of the three cemeteries of patients located along the tour route. Tour Availability is subject to weather conditions.Combination Tours:Cemetery and Farm Tour Combo – (3 hours) - $50This tour includes the Four Floor Tour and the Cemetery and Farm TourTour Availability is subject to weather conditions. Civil War Tour Combo – (3 hours) - $50This tour includes the Four Floor Tour and the Civil War Tour. Tour Availability is subject to weather conditions. Paranormal Tour Combo – (3 hours) - $55This tour includes the 90 minute daytime Paranormal Tours (Sat. 1, 4, and 6pm and Sun. 1 and 4pm) and either the Civil War Tour or the Cemetery and Farm Tour. Tour Availability is subject to weather conditions Daytime Paranormal Tours (1.5 hours) - $35This is the daylight version of our paranormal tour given only on Saturdays at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. This is a guided tour of the hottest spots in this 242,000 sq. foot Asylum. Tickets for these tours can only be purchased in person and are first come first served. Photography Tours - (4 to 8 hours) - $100/$150Check out the campus on a semi-guided photo tour with access to most of the buildings on campus.
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I have seen this on TAPS and fell in love with it. Finally decided to visit and it was awesome. If you believe in the paranormal this is a great place to go. Had a lot of things... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Harmony, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It was an ok trip. Not sure it was worth the cost for the 6 of us though. We most likely wouldn't go back again.

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Harmony, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I have seen this on TAPS and fell in love with it. Finally decided to visit and it was awesome. If you believe in the paranormal this is a great place to go. Had a lot of things happen that made me more of a believer. Would recommend it highly

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Very different attraction for people who are looking for different things to do in West Virginia. They have different tour options and times available. Highly recommend a night tour, very fun!

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Recently stopped for the day as another item on my sisters bucket list. Traveled from NJ to IN and stopped at many places, but this one left us speechless. We had an amazing tour guide and did all the floors. My sister has a hard time taking stairs and walking too fast and our guide was just amazing and very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

TALA is a complex of buildings,. You drive in through the large well manicured grounds to an imposing main building. To the left is a separate five story former tuberculosis hospital. There are paranormal tours, architectural tours, civil war tours, heritage tours, flashlight tours and overnight tours, as well as events. Make sure to check the tour options on the... More 

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

There are several tours available. We took the 45-minute tour. We should have taken the 90-minute tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and very informative. The history of this place is incredible. We will take some of the other tours offered when we are back in the area.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

It was by chance that we stumbled onto this facility. Being a nurse, I had great interest in visiting. There are a number of options for touring from one floor guided tour to overnight ghost hunting. The guides are super informed and it's something you will never forget.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

What a great tour! We took the 4 floor Heritage tour that started in gift shop inside the front door. After you log in, sign the waiver, and pay your $30 (a little pricey, but worth it), you are assembled, then led outside. The first floor (45 minute) tour starts with you, then breaks off after 45 minutes and then... More 

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Greensboro NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My daughter and I have always enjoyed learning about ghosts so for Christmas I purchased 2 tickets for us to do an overnight ghost hunt. It did not disappoint. We toured the Medical, Geriatric and Forensic buildings. Our tour guide was Paul and he was great. We didn't experience much in the Medical building however the Forensic building was somewhat... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We decided to do the late night ghost tour, lasting from 10:30pm to 12:30am. We got there early (at 9:30), like the paper instructed- but still the doors were not opened until 9:45pm. We were instructed to login at the computers & sign our waivers then wait for our names to be called & found out our group number. While... More 

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