Abandoned Mental Hospital: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia (Photos)

13 Apr

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.

4 Responses to Abandoned Mental Hospital: Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia (Photos)


cara b

April 13th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I heard that former inmates drawings and artwork are also on display…those must be fun to look at!! I would LOVE to visit there!!!



April 13th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

They were “interesting” to say the least. I highly recommend a visit here and if one can – do the overnight tour!


pat wallace

January 28th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I’ve done research on this institution and want to correct some misinformation you’ve offered. The original name was Trans Allegheny Insane Asylum and later changed to Trans Allegheny State Hospital. Please check and correct your introduction. Thanx…………….



January 30th, 2012 at 10:55 am

Thank you for your comment. The Asylum’s website states the hospital was originally named Weston State Hospital.

On Wikipedia it states in 1863 the hospital was renamed from it’s original name Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, to the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane, with another name change in 1913 to Weston State Hospital.

Considering it’s currently called the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and was named Weston State Hospital, (what is stated in this post) we do not see how the information is misleading.

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