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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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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Manassas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Great tour (Thanks to Joslyn our tour guide). Lots of history and info on the facility and surrounding town.

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washington dc
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I discovered this place by chance. It is astonishing. First it is important as the world's 2nd largest sandstone building (the Kremlin is the largest). Second is the history of how insane asylums came about and the creation of a new industry, the mental health field. The place is worth a long road trip to see it. I recommend the... More

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philadelphia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Our guide Michael did an excellent job in taking us through all four floors. I can't imagine what actually went on there. This is definately worth seeing but be sure to take the long tour (2 hours) to get the full effect. When it closed in 1994 they had to let a good number of people out on their own.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

My friend and I took a 3 1/2 hour drive to take a tour. The buildings are amazing. Our tour guide Sarah was wonderful. She kept it interesting and told us many facts. Touring the buildings, you could imagine what it was like when they were operational. I would definitely go again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I'm the founder and lead investigator for GALS Paranormal from Parkersburg, WV. I have investigated TALA twice now and let me tell you it never disappoints. I have done the Historical tours along with 2 paranormal over night tours. The historical tour is an excellent tour. Great info, an amazing Kirkbride bldg. with lots of amazing features & history. For... More

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Wainfleet, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We were driving through the area during a rainstorm and I happened to see this listed in the AAA book, so we decided to stop and explore. There were two different tours offered: a tour of the first floor (maybe $10?) and a longer tour of more of the facility for $30. We took the longer tour and greatly enjoyed... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My husband really wanted to go to this place. I thought it neither creepy nor scary but rather, historically fascinating. Our tour guide, young, blonde, thin woman, was great! She took a bit longer than the other guides and she gave us a ton of information and did not try to rush the group. My favorite of this place was... More

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Barrie, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Stopped here on a whim after seeing road sign. And the family hasn't stopped talking about. Did a daytime paranormal tour and had the old spine tingling a couple of times. Our guide was excellent and kept us engaged for the 90+ minute tour. Seriously planning a trip to go back and test our nerves at night. The history and... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you're anywhere close to this location, carve out a couple of hours to take a tour here and enjoy the history and architecture of this rare facility. The whole family will enjoy a short tour and the structure has fascinating features, not to mention an incredibly interesting past. I can't wait to go back in the Fall for a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Ever since I heard about this asylum, I've been wanting to visit it. Since this site is only about 2 1/2 hours from where I live, my fiance and I decided that we had to go. For $30, you can go on the most involved historic tour of the facility. We began our tour in the Civil War part of... More

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