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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

71 Asylum Drive, Weston, WV 26452
304-269-5070
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Weston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: More European castle than American hospital, this former insane asylum offers customized tours. e.g. Museum Tour, Civil War Tours, Asylum Treatments... more » Owner description: 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This place is exactly what you're looking for. If you want history, the guides know their stuff and it's got lot's of it but honestly I think most people come here for the creepy factor and it's got got it and then some. A lot of times you see places like this and they look really authentic in photos then... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We went to TALA this past July and did the overnight Ghost Hunt of the main building. It was definitely worth the trip. First they split us into two groups with different guides. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't much history of patients told just about tour goes seeing things and the experiences they've had but it was... More

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Havelock, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I had been wanting to take this tour for a while and made sure I took the time when I was visiting the area this week. I can't say how impressed I was with the entire experience. The building is hauntingly beautiful. Michael was our tour guide and he did an excellent job telling us about the architecture, history, treatments,... More

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Branchville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

An impressive building from the outside and then you go in.... and are even more impressed. The history, stories, and the building itself make for an amazing tour. Our guide was very informative and enthusiastic about the things he was telling us. We could tell he really enjoyed the building and sharing his knowledge with us. This was an A+... More

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Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We went on the Paranormal tour. Great building, fun staff and a very spooky experience. If you are afraid, you can go during the day. The building's architecture is great. The history of the treatment of those with mental disorders is informative and interesting. They have tours for many different interests, civil war tours, architecture tours, history tours and paranormal... More

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VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was my 2nd time visiting the TALA. The first time (10/2010) my daughter and I went for late night paranormal tour plus the Haunted house in the TB part and we had a ball! The next day we took the long historical tour and enjoyed that too. Then I went again in Aug. 2014 taking my Mom and took... More

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state college
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We stopped for a tour after seeing an ad on the internet. We pulled up not really knowing what to expect except that this was a "creepy, historic old insane asylum". They had several package tours available we figured we might as well do the whole thing since were were there. We opted for the 90 minute paranormal tour of... More

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WVTOURlover, General Manager at Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, responded to this review

Dear "Go at your own risk", I am terribly sorry you didn't thoroughly enjoy the paranormal tour you took at the Asylum. After reading your review I believe the tour best suited for you is our Historic Tour. We don't mix historic tours with paranormal information or vice versā, that is why you didn't get the historic information on the... More

Annapolis, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We had a rainy morning while staying at the Stonewall Resort and journied into town to visit the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. We took the full 4-floor tour. Jocelyn was our tour guide and she did a fantastic job. Great details and stories that have been passed down. The staff and private owner are really doing great work to preserve... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My son and I went on the 90 minute night time paranormal tour. There were a total of 12 people in our tour group. Our guide Zack, was excellent! Very passionate about his job. After a brief history of the floor/ward you are on, you are free to explore that area. Then you move on to the next floor/ward. My... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I'd been wanting to see this place since we drove by last fall. We took the full tour and Liz was our guide. She was fairly new but did a great job and was very informative. The place is huge so the tour does take quite a while. The stories and history of the place is amazing. It's awful to... More

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