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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We went for the right hour paranormal lockdown and it was amazing!! Our tour guide was very nice and had great insight on the past and how things were ran. Great story teller. We received a lot of evi... more »
Our tour guide for the 4th floor tour was incredible, she seemed to have partaken in a lot of extra reading about the asylum and was very educated. The tour guide we got for the criminally insane tour... more »
I have been watching the ongoing restoration efforts from a distance through pictures. Actually seeing them in person during the tours is unrealistic. Worth every penny we paid and more! Knowledgeable... more »
Went here for the asylum ball and instead ended up doing flashlight tours all night. It's a beautiful building full of history and the staff are very knowledgeable. It was so much fun, I can't wait to go back and do tours during the day.
One of the coolest places I have been in a while. My tour guide was fantastic and had tons of great information on the history of the asylum. Restoration is underway and you can tell it is only going to get better. Great choice if you even dabble in photography as well, it seems virtually impossible to take a bad picture here. It is a 7 hour drive from NYC but I will probably make the drive again just for this. If you live closer you should be there right now.
Wonderful tour! Our tour guide Liz was very fun and knew the ins and outs of the facility. My husband and I are looking forward to returning with my parents. Well worth the time and money. All around a great experience.
Back a few months ago, I was driving on I-79 through West Virginia and saw a billboard for a place in Weston, WV called the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and it said that they did tours. I thought, "I wonder what that's all about." When I got home, I looked it up on the Net and my first reaction was, "Oh man, I gotta go see this place!" I actually felt kinda bummed out that I didn't stop after seeing the billboard. I knew that in Sept. I was going to be back in WV, so I made my plans to set aside the time to go check this place out. I left Indiana super early on Sat., Sept. 3rd. There was another event I was attending there in WV that evening and figured if I got to Weston early enough, I would have plenty of time to go do the tours of the Asylum. I am so glad I did! When I first got there, I bought a ticket to do the 4-Floor tour and then checked out some stuff on the first floor in their "museum rooms". Very interesting stuff. I then hung around and waited for the tour to start. The tour guide was a younger guy by the name of Matt. He said he basically grew up around the place and it showed. Just from the way in which he told his personal stories of the building, his passion for it was felt. It's amazing how much he knows about the place and how he can just rattle it all off right off the top of his head like that. The tour was suppose to be 90 minutes, but because he was throwing out so much information about each part of the building, the tour lasted almost 2 hours. Not only was it a tour of the main building, but also some of the buildings in the back, like the Medical Building. As we went through the main building, some of the rooms are being restored, which is awesome. After doing that tour I bought a ticket for the Criminally Insane tour. Again, Matt was the tour guide and again, he was awesome. The criminally insane patients were housed in a separate building on the grounds and basically, touring that building is what the Criminally Insane tour is. The information from this tour is quite informative and interesting, but, the rooms themselves are basically all the same. While the tour itself is worth doing, the 4-Floor tour is much more worth it. The biggest thing that struck me about touring these buildings is that in the back of my mind, I had a kind of morbid fascination with what all of this would be like and honestly, it wasn't so much like that. The tours and the way the information about the buildings, the patients and the effects of the Asylum on the community as a whole is presented in a very respectful way. That's not to say I didn't think it wouldn't be, but I just didn't expect it all to be quite as informative and educational as it was. Anyone who is interested in architecture and the way in which buildings that are nearly 200 years old were built (the Asylum is the second-largest hand-cut (YES! Hand-cut!) sandstone building in the world, with the Kremlin in Russia being the only one that's bigger) would find this just as interesting as people who are interested in things such as mental illness and ways in which they have been treated over the years. So, while I certainly wouldn't say this is a place to go for a "fun weekend getaway", I would say that if you are like me (and granted, I'm not like "most people" Haha!) and want to go somewhere where you can see and learn about something historic that is "off the beaten path", so to speak, this is a place that is well worth checking out. Everyone who works there was very nice and seemed to have so many interesting stories to tell and most of all, for a "history nerd" like me, it's nice to know that there are still places like this that exist and are being preserved and not just bulldozed to build a new Super Wal-Mart. My plan now is to hopefully go back again someday and do some of the other tours they offer.
Very cool. How unique of a place. One of a kind opportunity to see "behind the walls." The staff is very friendly and welcoming, even coming outside to pose for some pictures with our motorcycles. Just an incredible place to stumble upon as we passed by on a motorcycle trip.
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