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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, Landmarks
Owner description: More European castle than American hospital, this former insane asylum offers customized tours...
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Rebecca was so nice!it was great to do a hunt with Copperhead in Big Johns room. Will go back more than once!!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My girlfriend and I visited TALA on 12/6/14 The following were the "negatives" and they weren't necessarily that negative...but... 1. Doors didn't open on time. The instructions indicated to be prompt...it was chilly and raining. So, it would have been nice to open at the specified time. The good... 1.Haunted 2. Can't say enough about our guide Zach...an extremely personable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

The full tour is well worth it. The tour guides are knowledgeable and some have a personal story to tell about either working at TALA when it was still in operation, or about relatives who were residents there. This brings a perspective to the tour and to the place that makes the tour more a personal experience than I imagined.... More 

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Miami, Florida
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13 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

First off let me say, I read the 1% of people that gave this place bad reviews and I have to advise everyone that this is not a museum or a restored beautiful building. This is a place for people who want the real history and to see the building how it was left when it was abandoned in 1994.... More 

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Rockwell, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

I just did an overnight investigation with two of my friends on Saturday night. We had a blast. We sat in on a session with our tour guide, Paul (who was awesome by the way) while he communicated with a spirit. It was the coolest experience I have ever had. When I got home and listened to my evp's, I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

I went on the photography tour. Amazing historic location with access to more than I expected. If you are into photographing both restored and urban decay this is the place for you.

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Fairmont
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12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

So glad they have reopened this to the public. It is a wealth of information and extremely interesting. Our guide was great. He was friendly, funny and shared several stories with us. We were there for a show in the Civil War Room. The only negative I have is that I wish we'd have been told that it would be... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We took the paranormal tour Halloween Weekend. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the asylum including it's past and current activity. I left with a similar feeling after visiting the Holocaust museum - so much tragedy and wrong doing happened here. We did not notice any paranormal activity on our tour, but our guide recounted many personal experiences. If you... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The history of the Trans Allegany Lunatic Asylum is one that reflects the history of mental health services in this country. The stunning architecture of the main building shows the thoughtful and considerate manner in which patients were treated at one point. However by the time you finish the four floor tour you'll see how barbaric "treatment" became by the... More 

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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

My husband I stumbled upon this on our way home. What find. Unfortunately we were one of the last tours of the day and didn't have a lot of time to spend. I love taking picture of derelict buildings. My mind wonders back to when they were in use imaging what it was really like. If you're a history buff... More 

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