Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Facts and Fiction

History

Right in the heart of Weston, WV sits an enormous structure known as the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Currently a historical landmark, it is the largest hand-cut masonry stone building in North America. The front of the structure measures at least a quarter of a mile long. The walls were one and a half feet thick. The structure sits on 666 acres of land. It was built in 1858 as a need to serve those in need west of the Alleghenies. Other locations for the State Hospital were considered, such as Fayetteville and a location near the West Fork River. However, Weston was thought to be a healthy town at the time. In building the facility,prisoners were brought in to quarry the stone. The stone was transported from Mount Clare, some 20 miles away by ox drawn carts. Construction of the hospital began in 1858 and continued on thorough the Civil War. Construction was delayed due to the war. In 1864 the hospital opened its doors to nine patients.

Front of the Trans-Allegehny Lunatic Asylum
Front of the Trans-Allegehny Lunatic Asylum

As the hospital grew it become more and more self sufficient. The patients were able to make their own mattresses and clothing. They grew their own food and stocked their own animals. It has even been said that the hospital had it's own ice plant, water reservoir and a cemetery. It was referred as a city within itself. By 1877 they housed up to 417 patients. After a few years time it grew to 717 patients. It was only meant to house 250. In the 1950s the hospital housed more than 2500 patients. The staff lived in the hospital on the fourth floor. Even though the staff may have been off shift they were required to be back on the grounds by 10:00 PM.The practice of having staff live in the hospital was discontinued in 1965.

Hallway first floor
Hallway first floor

Patient treatment

Patient care back in those days was not anything like it is now. Literature provided by the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum indicated horrible conditions for the patients. Isolation for friends and family of the patient was encouraged. This may be why the facility was totally self sufficient. Clothing was sometimes not even encouraged for patients. Treatment such as lobotomy's (ice pick therapy) were common. Shock treatment was also common.

As times changed so did the treatment of the patients. This facility was open until 1994. It was forced to close due to deterioration of the building. People I know who have worked in the building told me about pigeons flying through the hallways due to broken windows.

Reasons for admission from 1864 to 1889

 Laziness, Egotism, Disappointed Love, Women, Female Disease, Mental Excitement, Cold, Snuff, Greediness, Imaginary Female trouble, Gathering in the head, Exposure and Quackery, Jealousy and Religion, Asthma and Bad Habits and policital excitement just to name a few.

Diagnosis

Apparently back in the day a patient could be admitted for nearly any reason. The capsule adjacent to this one lists some documented reason why people were admitted in the hospital. Unfortunately the practice of giving frontal lobotomies was common practice. The operation was preformed right on site.

Hallway Fourth Floor
Hallway Fourth Floor

In the News

The Hospital was recognized as a Historical Landmark in 1990. In 2007 the entire facility was purchased along with its now 300 acres of land. The intent of the owner is to restore the building. The Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (TALA) created a buzz around town with it's name. Residents were upset at the name, stating it was unfair to the patients. The name was chosen because it was the name it had when it opened. It seems a few of the locals were concerned about using the name "Lunatic" stating it was not sensitive to the patients at the current state hospital. The word Lunatic is indeed not sensitive to those with mental challenges, but it is a part of history. Instead of wasting your breath on what's in a name you should be more concerned about funding for programs for this population in the community. (Ok I'm off my soap box now.)

Currently the hospital is being used for historical tours and Ghost tours.

The Asylum, as it is named for Halloween purposes is really trying to capitalize on the Ghost Theme. The website now boast that there will be a haunted house (The Asylum) in the basement of the facility. Last year was the first year for the haunted house and it was a hit! There will even be a Witches Ball on the front lawn this year. ( for a small fee of 15 dollars) For more family oriented fun and younger children, the facility offers a Fall Festival held on it's front lawn. All money raised is to go to the preservation of the historic building.

The Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is open year round for tours. Many paranormal researchers and curious folk have come through exploring. The Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum also offers overnight stays inside the facility. See the link below for more details!

Haunted Asylum Schedule

The times for the Haunted Asylum are

Weeknights Dark until 10:00 PM

Normal Weekend hours are Dark until Midnight!

Getting National Attention


The TAPS crew from the sci-fi show Ghost Hunters did come and do a live show from the hospital in 2008. They have declared the hospital to be officially haunted.

Last year the Travel Channel had its show, Ghost Adventurers do a live show on Halloween. They advertised Lose Your Mind on their website to promote the event

Interview of ghost at asylum

Books on the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

Awesome and freaky too. I live in the Eastern Panhandle of WV and I am pinning hubs about WV on my Pinterest account. This will certainly be one of them.


misty 4 years ago

I went last weekend Oct 15,2011, I absolutely loved it.. I kept chill bumps the whole time I was in the building..I loved hearing of the history of the place along with the paranormal stuff.. The one thing I liked also, was the fact they didn't try to "make" you believe, they left it up to you! I myself do believe...I want so bad to go back and tour the other 3 floors...My aunt was in the of asylum in Spencer, WV..to bad it was torn down. Amazingly enough a Wal-mart sits in it's place.. go figure!! Thanks again TALA!! Oh and by the way great job with the Haunted House!! I did pee a little!!:)


Haunted 4 years ago

This place is all staged. I know I use to work there.


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bwhite062007 5 years ago from East Coast

Great Hub! It was very imformative and I have personally always been interested in this building since seeing it on paranormal shows.


Kendra Riffle 5 years ago

- I live a walking distance from TALA & my grandmother used to live right up the hill, about 3 years ago before my grandmother moved we used to walk down & walk around, one time we were walking & I heard a really high pitched scream I looked around & saw a faint shadow at the top of the TB building then it disappeared. It was really creepy, but pretty cool. :)


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv Author

Hey Nikki,

the site was posted above.. it reads HISTORY AND HERITAGE TRAVEL IN WEST VIRGINIA | TRANS-ALLEGHENY LUNATIC ASYLUM

it is the official site for the Asylum


Nikki 5 years ago

I am wanting to make a trip there maybe within the next too months and I'm wondering is there a site for more info so I can truly prepare myself for what is to come thank you in advance


Bonnie 5 years ago

You can go through the archives in Charleston if you have the name of a family member buried there and they will direct you to a number of a grave plot. In this plot, you will find a sealed mason jar with name, date of death, and cause of death of your family member. This is ONLY if you intend to have them moved to a cemetary of your choice. Or if you don't care to move you family member, at least you will know what plot they are buried in. It is my understanding that there are now 3 cemetaries on the property. Hope this is helpful.


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv Author

hmm..yeah Eddy.. I just don't know either.....:/


Eddy 5 years ago

All these stories about people going there, people who went there, people who worked there, and all the many Young & Old patients who died there.

By the way, respect for all those victims, and may they rest in peace.

After all that happened, it is or was, (I don't know) just as it was, right after all those buildings were built, a few empty walls, and floors.

I mean, i think it's not about all those building(s), just like Waverly, or Amityville's Horror House or any other Kirkbride Building, Sanatorium, or Asylum in the whole Wide world, more the things that happened there.

People do things to each other.

Unfortunately clearly, it seemed, and still today, that if you can't surf Society, or (The System) well enough, just like Haile Selassie said, you don't fit in.

You don't bring in money, you are to expensive.

Than You will be a Slave to society.

Put them away, then they are cheaper, do some experiments on them, and soon they will die.

Cool places huh?

Slavery is still here today people.

And I´m wondering, if all the World Governments,

or even Aliens, maybe have anything to do with all those things.

Maybe for a New World Order...

I just don´t know.


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv Author

Hey Alara!

Glad you could use the info. Hope you get a good grade!


Alara 5 years ago

I haven't been on this site in forever. I have been busy on school, but this year we were allowed to do a project on a school, hospital, or prison we believed was haunted and we had to convince the rest of the class why we thought it was haunted. I thought that this would be very interesting to do the project on the Lunatic Asylum. Thank you for putting this website site on here because it has helped me out a lot:)


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv Author

Thank you Jon for your comments! I am glad you recommend this trip!


jon 5 years ago

Did the all night tour there last weekend. It was amazing. I was extremely skeptical about the paranormal, but I can say that now I have to think twice. We watched as a ball moved around all by itself in lily's room when the guide wasn't in there. Also got some interesting photos and videos. Besides that, the building itself was amazing and a great piece of history, as well as a lesson we shouldn't forget. Drove 5 hours to get there and would gladly do it again. If you're thinking about doing the all night tour you won't be disappointed


Bill T. 5 years ago

I use to live in Weston and my Mom was a nurse there for a while. I had to go there after school, when I was in first and second grade.. I hated it. I would run as fast as I could a cross the courtyard to her office. It was the scariest place I have ever seen.. Now I'm 40 yrs old and when I think about that place I still get creeped out..


Esme 5 years ago

I'm going there for a lock-in with school!


bailey 5 years ago

my grandfather had to spend some nights in that place when he was a kid. his mom worked there and his grandpa was in there as a patient. he told me they acted like animals. cats, dogs and horses.his aunt lives a mile from the place now. he of corse moved to tennessee and married my grandma. and i just now heard this story. a few years too late.


Lee 5 years ago

Those random bursts of static noise really scared me.. :(


Winter war78 5 years ago

taps fake. they like play around. say ghost is here. but they not.


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv Author

Thank you John for your feedback concerning the tickets and how scared you were. ;)


John 5 years ago

The tickets that were sold for the haunted house weren't for a specific date and could have been used anytime in October.

The owner had no choice but to turn people away.

The hours for the haunted house are set in stone.

I know they regretted turning people away and that was never the intention.

I stood in line for 2 hours to buy tickets and went directly into the haunted house and I have to say it was worth the 4 hour drive and the vip ticket price. Terrifying, the scare at the end of it actually made me crap my pants.


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv Author

Thanks Briana for taking the time to check back. I too am intrested about the tunnels. I will ask some coworkers of mine who used to work there


Briana 5 years ago

The turnout for the haunted house was so much more than we had anticipated, all of us are extremely sorry for the inconvenience and they are making sure they correct that problem for the future. There is a full tunnel system from the basement but everything we know about them is just speculation, their have been many stories about the initial uses of the tunnels but with no records we can not confirm the initial idea for why the tunnels were build.


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv Author

Briana, Thank you for taking the time to post your comment. I am sure many readers will find it helpful. Do you have any advice for the Angry comment above? what can people do in that case?

And what about the tunnels that were mentioned in another comment.. any truth to that rumor?


Briana 5 years ago

Hi my name is Briana and I work at TALA as a historic guide. I'm not sure if my information is too late but the ghost hunts are set up in October a little different than usual.They put a guide on each floor to show you the hot spots and be their if you need assistance but if you do not want their help after that 10-15min run through they give you (what I believe is an hour or so) to hunt that floor on your own if you would like.Then you switch floors,different guide but its the same concept for all 4 floors of the hospital.


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv Author

That is terrible and is BS! have you tried complaining at the TALA Website? I also have posted a Facebook link above..


Angry  5 years ago

We drove 2 and a half hours and had prepaid tickets. Basically they sold more tickets than they could accommodate, so they turned us away along with 50 other folks. The owner took no action whatsoever $6 to try and resolve the situation, instead he taunted the crowd and made the situation worse. I would never drive that far again and waste my money on this place. BTW, no refunds! Yes that's $15 for the haunted house and for 50 people that's about $750 bucks the owner made out with that night. That's total BS!


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv Author

Rick.. thank you for sharing your experience.

Amanda, I do not know about a tunnel system, but I will ask some staff that used to work there and get back to you!


Amanda 5 years ago

iwas there yesterday (10/16/10) for the haunted house and simply to finally go see the place. the entire history of the place and others in the world are truly fascinating. i would love to go back up there for a full tour of the grounds and buildings. its too bad they don't have every room and every building open to touring. there was however, a building on the grounds that had a door cracked open and a spiral staircase that led underground. i very much wanted to venture down there but figured id be in some serious trouble for that so i didn't. i had been told that the entire grounds has a tunnel system of some sort underground and that patients referred to it as "hell" is this true? and if so, what is the history behind the tunnels, the naming of them, and what happened down there??


ricky churby 5 years ago

i was there not long ago for a day tour,would love to go on night tour. place was huge i worked at a haunted house attraction for 18 years and think this place has a good thing here.. bought antala shirt for help of restoring it..... keep it up tala,


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Ms Chievous 5 years ago from Wv Author

TLasek.. I am sorry I did not come through for you. Hope your tour went OK

Caring...I currently work with people who worked at the Asylum when it was the state hospital...I do not beleive anyone was "abused" within the last 20 years or so. Before then I could not tell you. I think you have a more specific question in mind???

cc..When I contacted TALA last year they stated the haunted house begins at dusk. I could not begin to give advice on freeing spirits.. :) Let me know how your tour went!


cc 5 years ago

just wondering what the times and days are for the haunted house?? I live fairly close and would like to make a visit to a real haunted house. Sounds pretty scary and from the little research that I've done on the asylum, I just feel sad for the people who had to live and die there. Is there anyway to free their spirits?? Definitely should be a movie about the asylum!


caring  5 years ago

I'm doing a little research on the trans-allgheny lunatic asylum and i was wondering if they abused their patients there


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Mercredi 5 years ago

Thanks for the interesting read! So many ailments could get you institutionalized back then. It's sad because people probably went in there for some minor thing and then got worse as they stayed a patient, over the course of several years.


T Lascek 5 years ago

that doesn't really answer my question...


curiousdan 6 years ago

I done some psychiatric clinicals back in 1990, It really spooked me, I was able to watch some ETC treatments, and in the room where they performed Lobotomies, at the evening hours I would hear screams or horror, it would make the hair stand up on my entire body, once I left my lunch setting I heard some yells and I went to investigate and when I came back I found my lunch had totally disappereared, I was terrified to be there after dark and I hated to move around at night, thank God my clinicals were over with, I have yet to return, but I think I am going to return this year. If you ever get a chance to go I would advise you to take the opportunity You don't want to miss out.


T Lascek 6 years ago

I would greatly appreciate it!


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

T Lascek there was just an overnight stay last weekend. let me see if anyone can give you a response..


T Lascek 6 years ago

I am going on an overnight ghost hunt towards the end of October, and I was wondering if anyone has done this. Did anything scary happen? How was it set up? Are you stuck exploring with a guide the whole time? I'd like it better if you can go check out stuff in your own, you know? Just wondering if anyone had details about the over night ghost hunt. Please post anything. The website only says you'll be given a brief tour, and a guide will assist you with transition of the floors, which threw me for a loop. I'm driving down from Ann Arbor, MI and I just want to make sure it'll be worth the 100 dollar ticket and the 6 hour drive down.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Emmie! where have you been? :) I have not heard about any plans to tear down the Asylum. I doubt this will happen as the fall and Halloween are almost upon us! A very busy time for the Asylum!


emmie 6 years ago

haven't really been on here...but i heard that they were going to try to tear down the asylum..they don't need to..it is a big part of history in west virginia :(


leanna 6 years ago

oh my gosh that is sooooo coooll!!!!!


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Thanks Kristi! Please let us know how your trip went!


Kristi 6 years ago

My friend and I are planning a all night tour in August. We are really excited about it. We have never done any tours like this before and Trans Allegheny is a fairly close drive for us. I am glad that the money goes to the restoration of the building. Too many of our historical sites are destroyed. Thank you for your posting. It will help us with a little on the history of the building.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Hi Bethany, Glad to hear from an employee there! If you have a link for donations/contributions for the restorations please pass it along. I would be glad to post it here. Also if there is any other news of any upcoming restorations I would like to post it here too. Thanks for stoppin by and maybe I'll see ya around town!


Bethany 6 years ago

I work for the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum family... and LOVE it! The building is a true treasure to the state of West Virginia. It is people like all of you who show an interest in our building that make it possible for the owners to make the repairs and keep it alive for future generations to see. The history of the building extends FAR beyond just a mental heath hospital. I hope that those of you who have not had the opportunity to see this great building in WV history will join us!


Susan 6 years ago

I'm so glad this hospital did not have the death like Danvers asylum..They tore most of it down to build condos. It was the most beautiful building erected by Kirkwood.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Hi Sarah,

Please stop back by and let us know how it goes. I am not sure what you mean by giving you names.. but hopefully the comments above help you know what to expect onyour tour..


Sarah 6 years ago

My friend and I are going on a ghost hunt at the asylum in AUG. We are really excited about it. If there are any names or anything along those lines that you can give us to help us out we would be very thankful.


Ariel 6 years ago

I am visiting the asylum and it's pretty freaking so far and I am going on a light Tomorrow night,..


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Hey Jammer,

I know they have an annual carp festival. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a catfishing tournament. Here is a link that lists the events in Lewis County. they only have up to April listed so keep checking back.

http://www.stonewallcountry.com/events.html

Thanks for stoppin by


JAMMER 6 years ago

I heard there having a benefit catfishing tournement. do you know anything about that?


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Gtavera.. check your email.. I may be able to help you out..


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Hey Gtavera,

there is actually a small pamphlet that was put together by some local people here at the current hospital about the History of the Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. when is your paper due?


gtavera 6 years ago

im doing a research paper over mental asylums for english. and i decided to do it over this asylum since i seen it on a ghost adventures episode..i was wondering if u have any information that i could use it would b wonderful! and i need to knw wen was ur article above last updated please & thank you :)


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Hi Will,

I beleive the Mentally ill population is not treated well in the community. In fact there are little to no programs in the community to assist this population to live on their own. Thanks for stopping by


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Will Apse 6 years ago

We have similar asylums in the UK, mostly closed now. When I was a kid it was common to threaten children with 'if you don't behave you will end up in the Nut Hatch'. They were scary places.

Sadly, I'm not convinced the mentally ill are that well treated even now.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Hi Emmie!

Sorry you were disappointed with your tour! Funny you should mention the fact people are upset about the name. The name is a part of history and should be left at that. If people really want to get upset about something they should get upset about the fact there are hardly any services in the community for people with mental illness.

Good to hear from you again Emmie!


emmie 6 years ago

ya i know they take some of the things that was true people just turn it around and make a rumor out of it. i finally got to go see it and it was a wreck. i know some people just doesn't want it called the Lunatic Aylum but i think it would be the right words. i would really hate to live there.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Thanks for stopping by Shell and for your comments. I will be following TALA and am excited to see what they have coming up for the upcomming year!


Shell 6 years ago

Great sight! I enjoyed reading the comments as much as I enjoyed reading the article! Keep up the good work. TALA is a national treasure and it needs tourism to make the owners' dream of restoration a reality.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Rocket,

This building is not just about shock treatments, it is a piece of history. And apprently the ghost tours are a big deal, because two major networks (the Sci Fi channel and the Travel Channel) have been there. I am sorry you and your mom had a rough time. Thank you for leaving a comment!


Rocket 6 years ago

Knock it down already, build housing for the poor. Who gives a flying you know what about taken a tour. What kind of idiot buys a place like that, and then tries to sell "haunted" tours. I call BS. My mom went through shock treatments, not there, but anywhere is bad enough. Why let the memory survive? Kill it already.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

I do Wish you luck Karen! Please keep me posted how your overnight stay was! I am glad you had good weather to drive in. Be careful on your way back to Maine! :)


Karen 6 years ago

Well, we are down here in Weston and tonight we stay overnight in the TALA. During the day today, besides seeing deer grazing on the sides of the road, and learning that life here is so wonderfully simple, we drove around the TALA. The place is ENORMOUS! We went to the library and read up on some history of the place. They actually had the books LOCKED UP! I couldn't believe it. I'll make sure to post how the investigation went after the 15 hour drive back home tomorrow. Wish us luck!


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Thanks for your comment Susan. Yep we have come a long way with mental health care


Susan 6 years ago

My family and I are from Canada and we visited the asylum this year. It was pretty cool. Unfortunately the place is very run down and I can not imagine who has the money to restore it, it is HUGE. It would be too bad to lose this valuable piece of history. You have to see where you have come to know where you are going. People may be critical of the care people receive today, but visiting this site shows how far society has come.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

A lot of rumours surrond this place.. don't be so quick to believe them all! ;)


emmie from mason county 6 years ago

hey i haven't really had any encounters with this place but i would love to. it sounds really cool. i have had one of my friends go to the asylum on the halloween tour and she said it was really cool. someday in the near future i would love to visit the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. like Alara said it is ur los if u don't want to visit this place.i heard that a lot of people died here because of the tortures that was done to them.this place is CREEPPPY,but full of facts and info.i think my friends also went on the night tour adn she said that she was on the third floor and it felt like a hand was being laid on her shoulder. that is creepy huh! then the next night we watched a video on ghost adventures that was about a little girl named Lily and her mom had got pregant with her at the age of 15, so her parents put her in the asylum because she was pregant again and on the way home Lily's grandparents the onne taking care of her got killed. they all died .so we got freaked out aftet that


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Karen, I hope you enjoy the area and your tour. Please post back with your experiences!

Dave, Thank you so much for sharing! Did you encounter anything out of the ordinary?


Dave 6 years ago

I was there last weekend. Had a fantastic time! It is COLD. Wear a lot of layers. They do have a heated break room so when you do get cold you can warm up pretty toasty. Copperhead(our guide) was awesome. Their website is pretty nice as well. Professional in every aspect imo. www.talawv.com,


Karen 6 years ago

This is a very interesting website...I was on here trying to get as much info as possible because I will be driving from Maine to see the (TALA) on January 16th. I am both nervous and excited. I have been to Waverly Hills Sanitorium, and I experieced a few things there...I was not a believer in paranormal activity until then. So here, 6 months after my first big trip in search of paranormal activity, I am going to a place that seems extremly scarry and eery. But I am very much looking forward to it. I am hoping I love the area as much as the Asylum. Any info posted here is great with my search! Have a great New Year!


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Merry Christmas Alara


alara 6 years ago

you are right i didn't ask a question.sorry!!! after i won at school level i got to go to county level and i didn't win. anyway i didn't have a lot of time to worrk on this project.after the fair was over i am working on a project on my uncles cancer that he got safely removed and the struggles that he has went through. anyway to everyone that is not interested in this place then that is your los.thanks for chatting with me i had a lot of fun. merry christmas.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Alexis and Emmie/alara,

I don't beleive she asked a question..? I am always open to correspond with people. I am glad she won second and is going to county.. keep me posted on how she does. Emmie/alara can always tell me about her project if she would like. You can also feel free to email me under the contact button under my picture


alexis runion 6 years ago

why won't you answer alara or emmie. she really sounds interested in what you have to say. like she said she did a project on this place. and she won second. i have a question for the women who runs this website. why won't you answer important people like her. by the way she is going to county and are you from here.? if you have anything to say write back. pleeeeeeeaaaaaase.


emmie 6 years ago

this place sounds really cool. i wish i could visit it. tahnks bye people say that it is haunted but i don't believe them. alara


jonathan barnette from mason county 6 years ago

this place is so dumb


wes 6 years ago

this place is awesome i want to visit it so bad


alara 6 years ago

hey i am doing a project on this place and i won second.isn't that so cool. anyway i am dating this boy named john petterson.my day just got better.


Christy 6 years ago

I was raised near there myself, I had family who were there and some who also died there, we went to get family records and they mysteriously were either sealed or did not exist. My grandmother was supposed to have just died there, but when she was being embalmed, they found marks on her neck to state otherwise


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Nene79.. have you thought about talking tot he Department of health and Human Resources in town? They might direct you on how to get the records.

Nina WHAT? That is terrible. Sounds like you may have a story to tell...It seems you have a good attitude about it though

Thanks to both of you for sharing..


Nina 6 years ago

Two of my family members died in the asylum...One of my family members were so happy to be let out of there that he died on the front steps from a heart attack... And my other family member just passed away there and they sent her to the funeral home NAKED!!!! But o well maybe it was because she may not have had any clothes to be sent home with... Or maybe they just didn't want to waste any clothes on her... But that was in the past and its over now!!!! I love this place and hope it stays there forever... And I love that it was made from hand cut stone!!!! Its an AMAZING place!!!!


nene679 6 years ago

my husbands grandfather was apatient ther in the early 30's. we are looking for records of his time there and wondering why he was placed there.


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Mindfulness 6 years ago

I'm a fan of ghost hunting shows so this is a very interesting post for me and I found it in perfect time for Halloween. Thanks for the background and information.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

New Journey..

I got the scoop for you! Through the weeknights they go from dark until 10:00 PM This coming weekend (10/22/09-10/23/09)the Travel Channel will be there and it will go until 1 AM on Friday and Saturday. On regular Friday and Saturdays it goes from dark until midnight! Hope this helps.. I will post it here on my website too!


Maria Broughman 6 years ago

We live right down the road from the asylum... We love the thrill of going there... And its easy to relate to people there considering that ive been in an adolescent mental institution in Carilion Hospital Roanoke VA. I particularly go well with the younger "patients" there because im only fifteen myself. I also have a very open mind towards spirits thats one of the reasons i was sent to carilion. There is so much sadness in (TALA) you can feel other peoples burdens fall onto your shoulders when you enter into to the civil war wing and the children pulling on you to come and play and them never being able to leave. It's really quite sad but it makes me feel good to go and give the children company and it kinda makes me feel like a mom to have all these children there that have died so young just reaching out for love, and it is easy to fall in love with some of those sweet angels that don't need to be there anymore but cant leave. Oh (TALA) will also be holding a witches ball on Halloween, if you plan on attending and want a real experience bring a toy such as a doll or ball you'll be surprised on how much activity you get...


NewJourney 6 years ago

Do you know what dates and times they are doing the haunted house? I couldn't find it on their website.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

I am sorry to hear that Sunflower. Beleive me patient care has changed


sunflowerfl123 6 years ago

my grandmother was a patient there, so was my great aunt. both of them underwent electric shock at the hands of so called "doctors". i'm glad it was closed.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Sara.. Cool website by the way!!


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

WOW Thank you for all the info!! Yeah I think it is creepy too that the patients used to be kept in such conditions! Thanks again!


Sara 6 years ago

Ms Chievous, I went to the haunted house last night with some friends from work. We only live about an hour away from The Asylum and it was only fifteen dollars to get in, and you definitely get your fifteen dollars' worth! They're doing it in the tuberculosis unit this year which is the first time that particular building has been open to the public. I'm not going to lie though, it really is pretty scary and they make you sign a waiver releasing them from liability in case you're hurt during the walk-through or literally scared to death before they will sell you your ticket. I think the creepiest part though is realizing that people were actually kept in there at one point in time, and it couldn't have been a pleasant place for them to be, so it's no wonder that the place is haunted. (Yes, I believe.) We also got to meet R.A. Mihailoff (who played Leatherface in "Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III") and got his autograph, so the whole trip was definitely worth it. I also think it's great that the money they make off of the haunted house, history tours, and other events goes right back into helping restore the place. It would be great to visit it someday and see it completely restored.

Thanks for the great article! :)


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv Author

Glad you enjoyed! I still have to get enough nerve to go see the haunted house though..


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Valarie King 6 years ago from California

Wow that was very informative! I love history, thanks for the great read!


alyssa  7 years ago

woah...well if i had the choice to go see this place, i deffinettly wuld take it. it seems awesome and scary. but as long as i aint gunna be hurt or hurting sumeone else im ight. (:


Jenny 7 years ago

Was it normal to feel sad back then that they use to call the Blues I always wonderd what causes It but now I Know why and you are just going to have to figure that one out fior yourself Cause I already know the question why some and otheres feel that way!

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