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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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12:00 pm - 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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Such a great time

Went on the overnight ghost hunt. It's such an amazing building that it's worth a stop and a historical tour even if you're not into the ghost thing. Just the thought of all the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Warsaw, NY
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went on the overnight ghost hunt. It's such an amazing building that it's worth a stop and a historical tour even if you're not into the ghost thing. Just the thought of all the people that lived and died and worked here boggles the mind. As for the ghost hunt, we found no evidence but the ghosts don't entertain on... More 

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Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We arrived at TALA as it opened at noon and were greeted by a woman in a nurse's outfit who explained the process. She stated that there were 2 types of tours; a one floor tour for $10 and a four floor tour for $30. My wife and I opted for the $30 tour even though I thought this was... More 

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Rockwell, North Carolina
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Two friends and I visited TALA back in Novemeber and we loved it so much, we are coming back with 7 more people in May. I am so excited, so today I decided to read some reviews since I last visited. Then I decided to read some bad reviews and try to figure out how anyone could give a bad... More 

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Beckley, West Virginia
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Went for the Halloween scare. We loved it. It was just great walking the grounds and asylum. My friends and I enjoyed it very much. We are looking for future visit.

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Walnut Cove, North Carolina
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

My husband and I visited the first time on our 25th wedding anniversary in 2012 and fell in love with the place! We have been on the historical tour 3 different times, visited the haunted house twice and plan on an overnight ghost hunt this year.

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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

But hearing the stories is enough to creep you out. That, plus being there on a very dreary, misty cold fall day. Hard to believe this was a functioning facility as recently as 20 years ago.

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Summersville, West Virginia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Built in the 19th century and designed to house just 250 people, this buildings population grew to over 2,400 souls by the 1950's. You will visit to see the largest stone cut building in America and will leave with a better sense of what life was like in an asylum in the 19th century. This building intrigued me so much... More 

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

This is a must see if your in the area. The size of the building alone is amazing. Naturally the wives wanted to see ghosts so we stopped. It was a really interesting visit. The history alone is worth the visit. We signed up for the whole tour and it was well worth it. No ghosts, but the history of... More 

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Wilmerding, Pennsylvania
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Let me start by saying I am a well seasoned and huge fan of Kirkbride buildings. But, the work that has been done to restore this hospital had my jaw hanging from the moment we walked in the front door. Our tour guide was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable about the history and urban legends of Trans-Allegheny and filled us in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is an amazing place our overnight investigation tour guide Paul knew exactly what to do and say to get the ghosts to interact with us, there was sounds, smells, changes in temperature, and I even got starched. We used flashlights to communicate and they have avp detectors! Defiantly an amazing night I can't wait to go back! Paul is... More 

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