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West Virginia Penitentiary

818 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, WV 26041-2235
+1 304-845-6200
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Chilling on a hot summer day

The chilling history of this penitentiary makes for great horrific creepy tour. Surprisingly... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
I9999BOwendyh
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Cross Lanes, West Virginia
Pretty cool escape room

Escape room was very fun. Puzzles were a little basic but overal a good experience still... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
_amber_riled
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Pennsylvania
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Built in 1867 and in operation until 1995, this prison offers tours of the cells and the retired electric chair.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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818 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, WV 26041-2235
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The chilling history of this penitentiary makes for great horrific creepy tour. Surprisingly amazing artwork by the inmates, but not all for the faint of heart. I recommend tour guide Steve. He gives it his all and he does not disappoint with stories that leave...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Escape room was very fun. Puzzles were a little basic but overal a good experience still. Definitely worth checking out for a vet or beginner.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very imposing structure to tour!! Our docent was a local author who knew lots of inmates, correctional officers, and visitors. Inside "the pen" were deplorable conditions but very realistic. We were fortunate the day of our tour that K-9s were drilling there with their law...More

Thank LAURIE S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had an excellent time doing an overnight ghost hunt in this ominous location that has such an interesting and violent past. Would highly recommend to anyone into the paranormal. Look forward to visiting again

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an awesome guide through the facility. She had worked there and knew lots of secrets, some she couldn't even relate because of small children in the group. Her personal experience really enhanced the tour. Later we went to the Escape Room. Quite an...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great time!!! Our guide Laurie was awesome. Plenty of EVPS and things of that nature. I would go back again. This time instead of Twilight tour I would do the overnight tour.

Thank Wander1978
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an awesome time!!! Can't wait until the other room is done so I can do it again! We will definitely do it again.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I did the 3 hour Twilight investigation. It was fun. We had a really good time. Thanks to Lori and Steve!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

LOVED the escape room! Wicked twists and turns.... only wish the adventure had included a tour of the old penitentiary itself, too. Guess I'll just have to go back!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a private tour at night. The staff were excellent and very knowledgeable, especially Ryan. Love having free range of the facility at night. We all enjoyed this trip and most of us want to return

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Shannon B
Is this day tour too scary for my 11 year old son?
January 26, 2017|
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Response from Jennifer_W_KY | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't think so. We took our 9 year old daughter and she had no issues. The guide did omit a story he was going to tell since the kids were with us, and he did not take us down to an area that supposedly has the most... More
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ewarnick29
We're interested in doing a day tour and trying to decide between Trans Allegheny and Moundsville Penitentiary. I'd like to hear from someone who has done both if one is better than the other.
July 15, 2015|
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Response from Rayna A | Reviewed this property |
Have not done Trans Allegheny, but have been to Moundsville. We did a Sip and Seek with a tour guide and we had so much fun. Later the tour guide would let you go to the places she took you on a tour to and let you... More
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kathryn0926
Is it handicap accessible
May 22, 2015|
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Response from Michael T | Reviewed this property |
That I could not tell you sorry did not pay attention to that when I was there. Best thing I could tell you is log onto their website and contact them. It was one great fun tour. You get a very good history lesson.
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