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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston

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Explore a historical psychiatric hospital at Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, which was open from 1864 to 1994. Now a National Historic Landmark, the imposing main building is one of the largest hand-cut stone masonry buildings in the world. The hospital was designed to accommodate just 250 patients but became crowded with about 2,400 patients, living in poor conditions, during the 1950s. Choose from a variety of guided tours based around subjects such as the American Civil War, asylum treatments and history, and the paranormal. The hospital is reportedly haunted and has been featured on a number of paranormal television programs. To visit Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum on your holiday in Weston, and find out what else Weston has to offer, use our Weston travel itinerary maker.
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  • My wife and I took a paranormal tour and found it to be some what interesting. Probably would have enjoyed a night time tour more. Would recommend it for the historical facts if for nothing else.  more »
  • Tour guides were very knowledgeable and pleasant!! Fun for all ages. Thanks to all who helped preserve this historic treasure!!  more »
  • Early last week I visited the Asylum with other members of an association that were looking for something interesting to do. We took the 1.5 hour tour with a very knowledgeable "nurse"/tour guide and ...  more »
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  • My husband and I visited Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum for his birthday on May 25, 2017. We live in Illinois. We were the last paranormal tour of the day. It was us and one other super nice, young couple. Our tour guide was great, however, she allowed her 10 year old nephew who was visiting her from out of state, to tagalong the entire tour. This kid just would not shut up. He talked over his aunt and kept interjecting. He completely ruined the entire experience!!!! We contacted them the next day and let them know about our experience and disappointment. Although they offered free tickets and T-shirts, we explained that due to our living in Illinois and we actually bought T-shirts on our visit, this would not be practical and that perhaps a refund would be more appropriate. We sent three emails all of which have gone unanswered. This really could have been an awesome experience.
  • Amazing place- took the Historic Tour and the Criminally Insane tour and I can't wait to go back for the other tours! My husband and I were lucky enough to get Rachel as our tour guide for both (I highly recommend having her as your tour guide, if you can arrange it!). Very, very interesting place.
  • Great time. We did the overnight tour. Definitely quite an experience. Our guide Brandy was awesome as well! Had a lot of useful information as well as some interesting stories. It's a must see in West Virginia. Next time I'm considering doing a private hunt. Brandy also guides some of those. Only thing I suggest is bring some food as there is a break room to place it in. We did not bring anything, and half way through the hunger and tiredness becsme evident. They did have complementary coffee which was great. All around recommend
  • Fantastic place!! Advice you to take to $30 90 minute tour! Staff was great and knowledgeable!! Great museum and some stuff in gift shop to buy. A little pricey for shirts but no worries they are awesome!!
  • Eerie, creepy, historic, and perfect place for anyone with a knack for the paranormal or mental illness. They have historic, paranormal, and paranormal night tours. I had a few select "ghost" experiences here, however, the scenery is what really captivated me. Trans-Allegheny Asylum is a beautiful piece of history and a great place to visit for some neat pics and a step outside of the normal routine of daily life.