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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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Awesome time. Wonderful knowledgeable tour guide@! Short wait time for the tour so could check out the outside.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Awesome time. Wonderful knowledgeable tour guide@! Short wait time for the tour so could check out the outside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Visited TALA for the third time and had an AMAZING time. Our guides were Adam and Kyle. They were very informational, funny and made the experience one that will keep me coming back. I would suggest visiting here to anyone that is interested in the paranormal and the history of such an amazing building. Thank you both guys.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

If you are in the area and interested in history, take a tour of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Fascinating history, including intertwined with Civil War. Tours can be pricey ($30 pp for 4 story tour) but worthwhile. Told that Charles Mason was here for a short while because his mother lived in the area and he wanted to visit here.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

On Friday 05/08/15 my husband and I traveled to the TALA for a guided tour and drag queen show. Mike Duke was our tour guide and he did a great job. He was fun, knowledgeable and very informative. After the tour we attended the drag show, which was AWESOME! We had a blast! After the show we had to walk... More 

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Clarksburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I had the privilege of attending the drag show along with the condensed tour of TALA. Our tour guide, Mike Duke, was unbelievable. I have had a tour of the facility previously but Mike made this tour fun and interesting. His knowledge of the facility and the history was fascinating. It was a history lesson without realizing it, and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Excellent tour giving by mike duke. very knowledge and made this trip a great experience The combo for the tour and the drag show is a wonderful idea....big bang for the buck, two in once for a low price. Can't wait to do this again and take the longer full tour of the asylum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

This was our second trip to TALA. We live 5hrs away and it is worth the drive! We did the historic tour Saturday afternoon 5/9/15 and our guide was Andrew. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. We also did the ghost hunt in the main building Saturday night and our guide was Zach...he was amazing! We heard and experienced things... More 

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Bridgeport, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

this was my 2nd visit to TALA. our purpose for this trip was the drag show and ghostly tour. our tour guide was Mike Duke. he was amazing. his knowledge of the building, it's history and all the paranormal activities drew me in. I could actually picture the building the way it was just by how mike described it. my... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

What an amazing building. My husband and I took our teenagers to tour the paranormal floors guided by Zack. He was a great guide. I would have liked to have had more time to look. It's an overwhelming feeling trying to see and read up on all the history and what actually took place there. We will be returning for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Really spooky experience, even midday. Gives you a sense of how broken our mental health policy was, even if the current state of affairs is untenable too. The prison ward and the medical facilities could give any sane person nightmares. The paranormal nonsense I could do without, but the stories on which the fake ghosts are based are true enough... More 

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