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West Virginia Penitentiary

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Address: 818 Jefferson Ave, Moundsville, WV 26041-2235
Phone Number: 304-845-6200
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Built in 1867 and in operation until 1995, this prison offers tours of the...

Built in 1867 and in operation until 1995, this prison offers tours of the cells and the retired electric chair.

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ItIt was relly a lot of fun and challenging. I would recommend it for everyone. Glad to see the staff coming up with new and exiting ideas.

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5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Daunel
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Moundsville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

ItIt was relly a lot of fun and challenging. I would recommend it for everyone. Glad to see the staff coming up with new and exiting ideas.

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Girard, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were a party of 5 and went for the Twillight Tour. It was awesome! Our guide was knowledgable and took his time giving us the tour and answer any and all questions that were asked then we were free to wander the prison on our own. Got some really freaky pictures. If you love paranormal you MUST make this... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great time and one of the best rooms that we have visited so far. Only problem was that one part was found to be very time consuming.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here for the overnight ghost hunt tour. Absolutely massive place! Plenty to see/explore/ investigate, and we loved how they let us go off on our own to explore, it gave a really authentic feel to our experience. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, I guess he also runs the museum in town, but we did not have time to... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did the Twilight tour from 7:00-10:00 PM. First 90 minutes was a historical guided tour. The tour guide was full of information about the prison. He was excellent. We got to roam around the prison for the last 90 minutes in the dark on our own. Saw lots of orbs, mist, and ghostly human figures. It was fantastic, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The regular tour itself is interesting but the escape room was great! It was my first so i have nothing to compare it to but i found it to be fun and was very challenging. Great actor!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Instead of the usual amusement park money pits, we decided to try something different and visit a place a little creepy with a lot of history. We went on a day tour and it was very good. Our tour guide, Donna, was amusing and informative. We had younger children with us (12 & 5) She may have toned the tour... More 

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Bridgeport, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the second time I have been for the overnight lockdown! If you are a ghost hunter this is a great place to start! If not it's a great building with lots of history! All around great place to visit!

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Milam, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ran across this place in trip advisor and thought we would check it out. We went on a Saturday afternoon. Our tour guide was great. This was much better than I thought it could be. We enjoyed the tour and the town. Reasonable let souvenirs.

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Rockford il
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a Monday afternoon which allows access to 4 extra areas of the penitentiary that are only shown on night tours. Our guide was Steve and he was great, very informative and led a very relaxed sort of tour. . Didn't rush us if we wanted to look around! They even let us bring our 2 dogs with... More 

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