Travel » Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum


I spent a recent Saturday touring a bit of West Virginia history: the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston.

Formerly known as the Weston State Hospital, this West Virginia facility served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill in the mid-1800’s. The history of the building holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, a gold robbery, the “curative” effects of architecture, and the efforts of determined individuals to help better the lives of the mentally ill. Tour this nationally recognized landmark and see how it left a lasting impression on local and national history. Daily heritage tours are available for both small and large groups.

In other words, it’s a great place for history and paranormal buffs alike.  I’d recommend it to anyone willing to make a day trip out of things.  They do lots of different tours, so there’s something for all tastes.  That said, we did the four-floor tour which took us through most of the main building and some of the others.

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