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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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A must see if you love history and mystery

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Summersville, West Virginia
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Summersville, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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Centerville, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Me, my mom and my friend went off alone and didn't get much activity but when we decided to go along with our tour guide Paul, we got so much activity going on everywhere we went. It was my first but certainly not my last hunt at this lunatic asylum, the 11 hour drive was definitely worth it! Thanks guys!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 via mobile

Rebecca was so nice!it was great to do a hunt with Copperhead in Big Johns room. Will go back more than once!!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My girlfriend and I visited TALA on 12/6/14 The following were the "negatives" and they weren't necessarily that negative...but... 1. Doors didn't open on time. The instructions indicated to be prompt...it was chilly and raining. So, it would have been nice to open at the specified time. The good... 1.Haunted 2. Can't say enough about our guide Zach...an extremely personable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The full tour is well worth it. The tour guides are knowledgeable and some have a personal story to tell about either working at TALA when it was still in operation, or about relatives who were residents there. This brings a perspective to the tour and to the place that makes the tour more a personal experience than I imagined.... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

First off let me say, I read the 1% of people that gave this place bad reviews and I have to advise everyone that this is not a museum or a restored beautiful building. This is a place for people who want the real history and to see the building how it was left when it was abandoned in 1994.... More 

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Rockwell, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I just did an overnight investigation with two of my friends on Saturday night. We had a blast. We sat in on a session with our tour guide, Paul (who was awesome by the way) while he communicated with a spirit. It was the coolest experience I have ever had. When I got home and listened to my evp's, I... More 

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