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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

Friends and I went and did the flashlight tour of the morgue and civil war area .. totally awesome .. our tour guide was entertaining and full of info .. he knew the history of the place very well .. he did a great job .. after that we went through the haunted house .. scaref the life outta me... More

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Dana Point, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This was a spur of the moment decision to take this tour as we were traveling north with several friends. So glad we stopped in. What a great tour, and great history associated with the buildings and the town. Wish we had time to stay longer to read and enjoy the displays at the end of the tour. And wish... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

**First of all this does not apply to the manager and guides who did the overnight ghost hunt. They were beyond fantastic and friendly!!**While we were waiting for our overnight tour to start we were walking around the outside of the building some old guy in a white truck pulled up and told us to "Get back to the front... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

My husband and I went on the overnight tour of the main building and experienced all four levels with the civil war area included. This is a must for history buffs as well as paranormal investigators. We had many interactions with entities. Too many to list. Can't wait to go back to see the other buildings.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We did the 90 min tour. Understanding that it is a work in progress; the history was very interesting. A lot of walking, and stairs. Did not see any elevator, but there were a enough chairs along the way to sit if needed. As the renovations continue, this will eventually be an excellent tourist attraction.

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Weston, West Virginia
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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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WVTOURlover, General Manager at Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, responded to this review

I would be happy to respond as I always try to do when we have the rare but inevitable complaint. If you can address your concerns in a civilized manner I will. However, I will not respond to crude name calling, I.E. cluster f%@k, d@mned, @$$, impolite scumbags, s#!t, b!+ch, and @$$hole (although cleverly spelled). If this is how you... More

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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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
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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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WVTOURlover, General Manager at Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, responded to this review

From Rude Fedora lady (Rebecca) We offer folks the opportunity to but online tickets and pick them up the same day if purchased before 3 pm EASTERN STANDARD TIME. Sir you purchased your tickets at 5:30 pm and thought that you could use the time stamp from your confirmation to "fool" our staff. Unfortunately, our online store is run out... More

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