Old abandoned buildings are filled with history, a sense of creepiness and amazing photographic opportunities. One such place is the abandoned historic landmark Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, WV, deemed one of the most haunted places in North America. Originally named Weston State Hospital, it was built right before the Civil War in the mid-1800′s, (1858 through 1858 to be exact), to house about 250 psychiatric patients. It opened for business in 1864 and ran full to the brim by the 1950′s, as it was wrought with overcrowding, topping out at over 2,400 patients.
The hospital finally closed in 1994 and was bought in an auction by Joe Jordan in 2007, and one can now tour the facility during the day and go on overnight “Ghost Tours” that start at 9PM and run till 4:30 AM.
We traveled out there this past weekend for the overnight ghost tour and had an experience we shall never forget. From doors closing on their own, to a little girl’s voice, to watching the crew from the Antietam Paranormal Society set up their equipment and conduct investigative research into paranormal activity within the building.
Even if your not a believer in spirits, the opportunity to learn the history of this magnificent hand-cut stone masonary building that spans 242,000 square feet (the largest in the United States) is well worth the trip.
Here are a slue of photos we snapped on our adventure.
Visit the website for the Trans-Allengheny Lunatic Asylum to find out about tours.