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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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Love . . . Love . . . Loved it . . . My and my bestie seconed time here and planned to go again . . . A lot of history . . . The giued tills you history of the building and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Love . . . Love . . . Loved it . . . My and my bestie seconed time here and planned to go again . . . A lot of history . . . The giued tills you history of the building and prisoners and etc . . .

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Scott Depot, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Interesting in history and open to the public to tour. The architecture is impressive the stones were all hand carved from the quarries. Closed in 1994. Today it seems to be marketed more for the paranormal activity thrill seekers.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

What a spooky place. Took the paranormal one and one half hour tour. Guide was really involved in ghost hunting which made the tour fun although I don't believe in such things. The building itself is remarkable. Second largest hand-cut stone building in the world...over 1300 feet long. Hard to believe so many inmates were kept at this asylum. Also... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Both the ghost and history tours were great, but as a historian, I particularly loved the history tour and our guide Mike Duke, was great! HIGHLY recommend this place. I fully intend to go back in a couple years to see how the ongoing restoration project fairs.

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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We recently participated in an overnight ghost hunt of the Kirkbride building. The building is massive and beautiful. We arrived at 8 pm as requested to sign in on the computer. We did not require ID as they had stressed in the confirmation but I guess bring it just in case. When we "checked in" to the break room the... More 

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This massive stone building is wonderful to see. There is some restoration work going on., and you can tour parts of the building. An interesting history. At Halloween, there is a "haunted house" type tour that looks like fun, but I have not done that.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Macy was our guide and she did a fantastic job. Her enthusiasm and eagerness to answer questions was very refreshing. She was knowledgeable about the whole institution and shared it. I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area. Margaret

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We took the historical tour. Very interesting ! Our group was ages 11-65 and we all enjoyed it. Out guide Macy did a great job !

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Had an overnight stay in Weston for work, and was excited to hear about the Asylum! After reading so many positive reviews, we headed over in the afternoon for a tour! Parking is easy as could be, right in front of the building. You have a few tour options, but for midweek, midday, it's either the first floor grounds tour... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Great guide, lots to see and learn about history of mental health care. Though they are careful to separate the paranormal from the historical tours and information, there was still plenty of creepy experience in broad daylight. We took the four floor tour and found it just right with our teenage kids.

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Additional Information about Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Address: 71 Asylum Drive, Weston, WV 26452
Phone Number: 304-269-5070
Location: United States  >  West Virginia (WV)  >  Weston
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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