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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
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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

I saw this place on Ghost Hunters years ago and was happy to see we could do a day paranormal tour since we only had a few hours. The place is huge! And its not as creepy as I would of thought since they've done some renovations. But it was still creepy enough to get me a little spooked on... More

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

My mom, my 8-year-old daughter, and I came for the Easter egg hunt and stayed for a historic tour. Daughter had a fantastic time at the egg hunt and we all enjoyed first floor historic tour. It was a beautiful day and the grounds were amazing inside and out. Our guide Elizabeth/Liz was knowledgeable and informative, and made our visit... More

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Edinboro, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

My husband and I were staying at a local resort when we saw this facility as a nearby attraction. We decided to do the 4 floor tour as we were interested in the history of the Asylum. Our tour guide, Jocelyn, was very knowledgeable and gave us the full tour. She didn't miss a beat, even when we were outside... More

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Hamlin, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We were attending a conference at the Stonewall resort job related and had planned to do a tour for some evening enjoyment but was unsure of which one we wanted to do. All 6 of us decided to do the historical tour and it was an awesome decision. We had so much fun and it was fascinating! Learning the history... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My best friend and I were on a "Girls Getaway weekend" for her birthday. We were staying at a local resort and looking for area attractions. Drove just under 2 hours from Pittsburgh PA. We bought our tickets online for the asylum and got our instructions via e-mail. Arriving at 9:30 pm we were signed up for the 2 hour... More

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Ash Flat, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Two friends and I went to TALA in Nov 2012. We had an excellent guide who was very knowledgeable and helpful, especially since it was our first ghost hunt. The staff was professional. We were given a great tour and helpful hints on how to conduct our investigation. We each had various experiences, from hearing voices, seeing unexplained lights, seeing... More

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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

From the moment you turn into the driveway that brings you to the large, open entrance, the Asylum is everything you can imagine and more! The exterior is massive and impressive and offers you a first look at what is waiting inside. The staff are dressed in costume and welcome you the moment you cross the threshold. They are warm,... More

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Johnstown, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I visited on March 15th and was not disappointed in my experiences while I was there. Copper Head our guide and the rest of the staff was wonderful. I did see shadow people and caught lots of EVP's. I plan on booking a private visit very soon!!!

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Elkton, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I just happened to be there during the Halloween season. I did not take the Halloween tour, but the regular tour. I wanted to see real ghosts not fake ones. Though I didn't SEE any, I did have a door open by itself right after I walked by. The tour was very interesting, and the staff knows many of it's... More

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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We visited on February 7th and had so much fun. Copper Head was an excellent guide and made the experience that much better. We will definitely be going back!

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