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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: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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Weston, West Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The tour was great, although I feel that they should provide masks since there is asbestos. But the tour guide was well informed.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

This place was really neat. It was all of our first times ever doing anything like this. I have been wanting to do it for 3 years. However, the staff killed the whole entire experience. Our group paid a total of $636 just for tickets, not to mention the gas it took to drive 3 hours. We sat outside for... More

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Bristol, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

A friend and I took the overnight tour of the medical building, forensics, and geriatrics on October 17. My friend was scratched by a ghost and the invisible residents in geriatrics did not like me. I had bad pains in my stomach in that building. You can do some serious hunting on this property. I had the pleasure of speaking... More

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Rochester
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Came with a busload (56 people) and took the 1 hour tour. Very interesting tour. The tour guides were all very knowledgeable and were very informative. Everyone wanted to stay longer. Made everyone realize how times have changed and how lucky we are to be living in this time period. Will definitely come back when we are in the area!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

We got there aroubd 8pm on Saturday night, October 18th 2014. We were told that if we pre ordered vip tickets online we could just pick them up at the "advance tickets line. This was a crock because several people we spoke to said they did that but TALA didn't get the confirmation of the order, so they sent them... More

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New Salem, PA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I was a little skeptical of going down there, but all of that went away when we arrived on grounds. The monolithic beauty of the place is just amazing, it really is quite beautiful. The haunted house attraction is not the large building, but the smaller one to the side of it. It was four stories of fear and fun!... More

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I went with my husband and 12 year old daughter and it was a perfect mix of fun, scary and historical. The fact that it was an insane asylum and is supposed to be haunted made it just a bit more eerie than most haunted attractions. Great place for adults and older kids!

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

the old Weston insane asylum, now called Trans Allegheny Lunatic asylum, has plenty of fun fr the kids and lots of gruesomeness for adults. Travelers will get an eerie feeling pulling up to the dimly lit stone structure. Awesome for Halloween... "Ghost Hunters" is usually here Halloween night, making the haunted attraction even more exciting. A worthwhile trip for all... More

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Marietta, Ohio
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This was my first visit to TALA. I've been wanting to go for years! A couple of girlfriends & I decided to go for the Fall Fest & while there we planned to do the 4 floor 90 min. Heritage Tour & the Forsaken Haunted House later that night. I would not waste my time going to the Fall Fest... More

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Bridgeport, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

"Forsaken" was undoubtedly the best haunted house I have ever visited.The actors were absolutely phenomenal. Every single one impressed me, and you will find them everywhere you do not expect. "Forsaken" used real hospital equipment and the rooms and hallways of the asylum were horrifying. You will feel like you are in a lunatic asylum. Even if you don't (think... More

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