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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, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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Allen Park
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Went on private tour. Guide Danielle was dressed in period clothing. She was very informative about the history. It was a 90 minute tour and enjoyed every minute. Had a ton of photo ops. Will definitely return here.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Interesting place to visit and tour on a rainy day. A bit creepy but interesting history. There are different tour packages available. We took the one of just the first floor. Tour guide was dressed in period era nurses costume and was very knowledgeable. Some great photo ops if you're a photographer. All in all it was a great way... More

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Hampton, New Jersey
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7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This is one of the few remaining Kirkbride style buildings that you can tour. Because it was a lunatic asylum and in a certain state of disrepair it appeals greatly to the paranormal experience fans. My interest falls somewhere between historical appreciation and a teensy bit of chillseeking. The staff are very well educated in the history of the building,... More

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92 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I had been looking forward to a trip to Trans Allegheny for some time and we finally made the visit on a Saturday in early September. It was everything that I thought our tour would be and more. To say that the owners have done a lot is an understatement. You can tell they have poured lots of money and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We had a great time we had Fred as our tour guide and he was a wealth of information good interaction with his guests we had areas with good activity and then areas of very little activity insight to what must have gone on in there to the patients is unbelievable would love to return to see what else comes... More

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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

So you are deciding whether or not to drop the C note on the overnight ghost hunt. That was the same position I found myself in a few months ago. I decided that whatever happens, the thought of seeing the history of this place was worth it alone (even if no paranormal activity happened). Well needless to say, I was... More

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Really a great stop! The TALA is an interesting and highly educational look back into history, specifically in regards to mental health. Built in about the early 1860s, the TALA is one of many "Kirkbride" asylums, which place emphasis on patients having access to plenty of open space and fresh air. I believe our guide, Sarah, said that the TALA... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

This place was amazing! My group did the overnight tour and loved every minute. The 9 hours flew by and our tour guide, Val, was great. It was such a reality check to walk down the hallways of a place that hundreds called home. Not to mention, it is VERY evident that some still reside there. We had several flashlight... More

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Highland Lakes, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Very cool place to see if your into the supernatural and haunted buildings. It was featured on Ghost Adventures when they did a live show and the place only closed in the 90's

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My husband and I were on our way to a wedding and made plans to stop and take the tour. We took the $30 tour, and it was worth every penny. Our guide was a former worker, so she was very knowledgeable and helpful. We learned about how places like these were run, and were given a list of reasons... More

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