Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum – Weston, West Virginia - Atlas Obscura
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Weston, West Virginia

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Particularly creepy abandoned asylum which sparks interest with the morbid and the ghost hunters. 

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum operated from 1864 to 1994.

Famous for its looming structure, it was built using the Kirkbride design - a design common to asylums of the early 19th century. Alienated by reports of patient abuse and subsequent paranormal activity, much of the asylum remains closed off to the general public. However, a tour group holds nightly ghost hunts for those searching for tortured spirits who have yet to escape.

Know Before You Go

There are occasional ghost hunt events that open up three of the back buildings. These are separate from their normal tours/hunts. The over-night ghost hunt tour costs around $100 per person and has limited slots available, but for those wanting a bit more freedom to explore, this is a really great experience. They label this as Ghost Hunt, but it's also an awesome LEGAL urban exploration of an abandoned set of asylum buildings. It's a superb opportunity for photographers. Make sure to visit the official web site and check schedule/availability.