Travel » Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

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

From their website:

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.


3 thoughts on “Travel » Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

  1. Hi Wilda, I just recently read Ez 41:6 that refers back to 1 Kings 6:7 where it says the Jeruslem temple walls were made of the same stuff as the Weston hospital, Quarry Stone. It is in several different Bible translations. Ths quarry stones in Weston were taken from the West Fork River next to the hospital. The quarry stone at the temple was done outside the city so there was no noise from the steel hiting the stones. The Weston stone buildings are the largest continous quarry stone buildings in the world.

  2. This is also the place where my Grandpa Riley Simons and my mother Lois Marie Simons Tenney died in the 1950s. There were no nursing homes back in those days so anyone sick was sent there. If a man didn’t like his wife’s cooking, she was sent there. You had to be at least 12 years old to go inside. I have terrible memories of that place. We sat in the car when Daddy visited Mother or Grandpa. We were told to keep the doors locked and the windows closed. The yelling was terrible.

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