In Weston, West Virginia, stands the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, now a National Historic Landmark that served as the state mental institution from 1864 to 1994. Now privately owned, Trans-Allegheny provides history and ghost tours for groups.
“Since opening for tours in 2008, we have continued diligent research to provide the most accurate and insightful experience possible,” said Bethany Cutright, office manager at Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. “Our historic tours are presented honestly, with both the good and the bad of the past, while striving to deliver the information with respect to the people whose lives were touched by the hospital.”
With notice, the asylum can accommodate groups of 100 or more. Booking specialists help operators choose which tours will fit groups best, creating a personal experience for every group.
The four historic tours provide insights into everything from the evolution of mental health care to the architectural history of the building.
Groups will journey through four floors, visiting nurses’ quarters, Ward F where the most deviant patients stayed, the first floor of the Medical Center and so much more.
In addition, the asylum houses museum exhibit areas that include additional information, artifacts and memorabilia of the asylum.
“There is a patient art gallery that features hundreds of authentic art projects from patients who took part in the hospital’s art therapy programs,” Cutright said.
Daytime Paranormal Tours at Trans-Allegheny tell stories of ghostly sightings and mysterious occurrences within the walls of the asylum, taking groups to the four hottest spots in the asylum.
For a more in-depth paranormal experience, reserve space in one of the overnight Ghost Hunts. Guides will come along and assist groups in their exploration as they search for the asylum’s well-known ghostly inhabitants. Private overnight Ghost Hunts are also available for groups of at least 10 people.
“We strive to provide a top-notch experience for groups,” Cutright said. “And with reservations, we can ensure designated tour guides and the best experience possible.”
For more information call 304-269-5070 or go to trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com.