Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia opened in 1864. At the time of creation, it was designed to house 250 patients. In the 1950’s the number of patients soared to 2,400. The patients were overcrowded and were in unhealthy conditions. The asylum began to deteriorate and the patients weren’t being given very good treatments. In 1994, the facility was closed.

The facility now hosts historic tours, a Civil War tour, a Cemetery/Farm tour, a photography tour, and ghost tours.

Theasylum historic Tours prices are $10 for a tour of the first floor of the facility, or $30 for a tour of all four floors. The tour of the first floor of the facility shows the Civil War Section of the hospital, talks about the people who first created humane treatment s for the mentally insane, and how being a border state affected the asylum. The tour of all four floors shows the doctors’ and nurses’ quarters, where the most violent patients were kept, and learn about the medical treatments given to the patients.

The Civil War Tour is $25 and shows you around the asylum and the grounds. It explains the history of the people who helped change the country, and why the asylum is considered an important location during the war.

The Cemetery/Farm Tour is $25 and is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30p.m. to 3p.m. The tour takes you on a wagon ride and tells the stories of the patients, staff, and community members who worked to make the town self-sufficient.

The Photography Tour takes place from 8a.m. to 12p.m. or 1p.m. to 5p.m. and costs $100 for one, or $150 for both. The tour takes you into the Kirkbride, the Medical Center, and the Geriatric buildings and grounds.

The ghost tours are very popular, especially during the month of Halloween. There are October Ghost Hunts from 11:30p.m. to 6a.m. for $100. People are separated into groups and guides show you the way around the asylum. You can then leave and hunt alone, or you can stay with your guide.

On October 29, the Student Support Services are taking a trip to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. It is open only to Student Support Services members and is free for them.

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