West Virginia Penitentiary

West Virginia Penitentiary, Moundsville: Address, Phone Number, West Virginia Penitentiary Reviews: 4.5/5

West Virginia Penitentiary
4.5
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Built in 1866 and in operation until 1995, this prison offers 90-minute guided tours of the facility from April 1, through November 30. Day tours, Paranormal events, October's haunted house, Elizabethtown Festival, are just a few of the events that take place at the facility on an annual basis.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Cynthia C
Youngstown, OH38 contributions
Make time to visit!
Jul 2021 • Friends
What a fascinating building to visit. It was in use until 1995! Wear comfortable shoes for the tour. It’s worth taking time for.
Written August 1, 2021
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Michael H
2 contributions
Lee is amazing
Jul 2021 • Couples
Wife and I took the guided tour and our guide Lee did an amazing job. Full of historical knowledge and answered questions thoroughly. Even shares his own unexplainable experience. If going in the summer be sure to hydrate and dress appropriately
Written August 1, 2021
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Tonda3546
Annapolis, MD113 contributions
Cheap Tour and Fun
May 2021
Our tour guide was Lee. He use to be a prison guard he had knowledge into a criminal’s behavior while incarcerated. He was entertaining and funny and did not miss any part of the tour questions. We took our 16 year old grandson for his birthday he said it was so interesting learn a lot about life back in the old times. The history of this tour was crimes of exceptional callousness and cruelty also shocking.

The Grave Creek Mound is just across the street they had bathrooms and information for the area. A lot of history about the indians that lived there.
Written July 31, 2021
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David B
1 contribution
Interesting site, great tour.
Jul 2021 • Couples
Very informative tour. Lee was a great guide with a lot of information and the ability to communicate it well.
Written July 31, 2021
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Bambi
2 contributions
Brought my family here for the History tour and it was amazing! Our tour guide Lee was fun and informative.
Jul 2021 • Family
Our tour guide Lee was amazing he was fun and informative. He answered all questions and even taught us some guard lingo. My kids enjoyed this tour even my four year old. Can't wait to come back!
Written July 30, 2021
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David W
1 contribution
Awesome tour!
Jul 2021 • Friends
Lee was a great tour guide. He shared his vast knowledge of the prison and answered all of the questions that were asked. Great experience. I would definitely visit again and request lee as our guide.
Written July 30, 2021
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Robin M
Holbrook, PA1 contribution
My time at WV state penitentiary.....
Jul 2021 • Friends
The tour was amazing. Our guide Becky was excellent. She knew everything about the history and events that took place there. I loved the fact she listed movies and tv show that were done there. ( I will be watching them to pick out the scenes), The art work by prisoners was wonderful, too. I can't wait to go back for the longer tour in hopes of seeing a spirit from the past.
Written July 29, 2021
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jatrip8
Culpeper, VA10 contributions
Great tour of a piece of WV History.
Jul 2021
We did the Monday Mystery Tour which covers both the history and paranormal aspects of the prison. This was our second visit since 2013 and more areas of the facility are now open to tours. Our guide, Tina, was great. She was very knowledgeable and personable and had a great deal of patience with the many questions that were asked of her regarding the prison. This is a great place to learn about the worst of humanity. This was one of the most violent prisons in the US during its operation from 1866 to 1995.
Written July 28, 2021
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Mary jo
1 contribution
Great tour!Awesome tour guide!
Jul 2021
Tina was our tour guide and she was amazing!! learned so much about the prison, the inmates, as well as some of the paranormal activity that goes on. (Monday tour). the onsite museum was very interesting as well. Great tour!!
Written July 26, 2021
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Carley S
1 contribution
AMAZING
Jul 2021 • Family
TINA OUR TOUR GUIDE IS THE BEST!!! We had the most amazing time going in this tour! Tina made it the best 90 minutes! We all had a blast on the tour! we highly recommend going!! As you can see in the photos we had a blast!! It’s perfect for young teens and up!! Please take the time to go! It’s worth the money! We can’t wait to be on lock down at night!!! Thank you again Tina for making it the best experience!! Can’t wait to come back!
Written July 25, 2021
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