Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (Weston, West Virginia)
ADDRESS: 71 Asylum Dr, Weston, WV 26452
COORDINATES: 39.038548, -80.471764
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was constructed between 1858 and 1881, and is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America. It was designed by the renowned architect Richard Andrews following the Kirkbride plan, which called for long rambling wings arranged in a staggered formation, assuring that each of the connecting structures received an abundance of therapeutic sunlight and fresh air. Changes in the treatment of mental illness and the physical deterioration of the facility forced its closure in 1994. This inflicted a devastating effect on the local economy, from which it has yet to recover.
The building, which is also a National Historic Landmark, has been featured several times on shows like Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, and Forgotten Planet. Needless to say, the building is regarded as extremely haunted. Although practices such as hydrotherapy, electroshock therapy, and lobotomies were commonly used, the real problem was overcrowding which lead to violence. There were several cases, both reported and unreported, of patients killing other patients. In one instance two patients hung one of their fellows using a set of bed sheets. When he did not die, the pair cut him down and used a metal bed frame to crush his head. In another instance, a nurse had gone missing one night during a late shift. Her body was found hidden two months later at the bottom of an unused staircase.
The following video is a segment of the show Paranormal Lockdown. The show is on Destination America, and stars Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman. The group was investigating the famous Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, and captured a disturbing creature. The creature looks humanoid, and is crawling across the floor.
**** I only found out about this from my friend a few months ago. I find this to be one of the creepiest ghost videos ever. I haven’t been able to watch the show or any other ones on DA because I don’t have cable lol.
what are some other haunted/spooky places you want the boys to visit? i want them to check out savannah, ga (supposedly super haunted) and maybe some haunted forests.
ho boy this is a great question, thank you!
The Stanley Hotel
the inspiration for The Shining, a lot of cool history, and despite little to no violence having occurred there a lot of ghost hunters claim it’s super active
The Eastern State Penitentiary
I know they’re already going there but I just had to add it to the list ahhhh it’s so cool, one of my favourite haunted locations because of how much “evidence” has been captured
duh! loads of cool history and some serious “activity”
Northern State Hospital
it’s been my dream to visit this abandoned insane asylum since TAPS visited and caught some terrifying footage, over 3000 people were cremated there during it’s time of operation, and it’s in my home state of Washington!
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
a psychiatric hospital that only just closed it’s doors in 1994, lots of super creepy stories attached to it
The Haunted America Masterpost for the 4th of July 2016
I usually do this for St Patrick’s Day and Christmas so I thought I would give another country a master post since it is their big day and I will probably make an updated one next year. (I wasn’t sure if I should include the Native American and the native Inuits in here so you can find them hereand here)
So here is list of all things creepy and American.
Outfit I wore Friday evening to a live Rocky Horror Show at the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, WV. I don’t look too bad for being 37 😊 Top by Affliction; Capri Jeans by Miss Me; Heels by Betsey Johnson; Make-up by Mac, Urban Decay, and Kat von D.
I was feeling the Halloween spirit so I decided to compose a list of some of the creepier or more halloweeny past posts on this blog so everyone else can satisfy their needs for spooky things this time of year.
It is October and I am in the Halloween spirit again so here is an updated masterpost of all of the creepiest posts from this blog because we have Halloween all year round. Enjoy! …And try not to get too scared.
Formerly known as the Weston State Hospital, this West Virginia facility served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill in the mid-1800’s. The history of the building holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, a gold robbery, the “curative” effects of architecture, and the efforts of determined individuals to help better the lives of the mentally ill.
The Asylum has had apparition sightings, unexplainable voices and sounds, and other paranormal activity reported in the past by guests, staff, SyFy’s Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters Academy, the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and Paranormal Challenge. Step back in time and see how the mentally insane lived, and died, within these walls.
Opened in 1864, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia was known for its overcrowding and mistreatment of patients. Even though the building was only built to hold 250 patients at a time at some points the hospital was so overcrowded that it was home to 2,400 mental patients. The hospital’s poor conditions and inability to keep up with modern medicine lead to it being shut down in 1994, but the ghosts of its former patients have lead to it being the most haunted building in the area, with many rooms in the asylum being haunted by different ghosts.
The first floor of the Asylum is known as the Civil War wing. When the Asylum was operational this part of the hospital was home to a well known female patient named Ruth, who hated men and would throw things at male patients and staff. Her ghost has been encountered by many visitors to the hospital. She still throws things and a number of people have been thrown against walls by an invisible force. On the second floor in Ward Two is a room where a man was stabbed seventeen times by another patient. In this room shadowy figures of men have been seen. Across the hall from this room two patients committed suicide by hanging. A number of people have heard voices saying “Get out” and calling their names in this room. On the third floor Nurses Quarters, doors close by themselves and an apparition of a nurse has been seen in the corridor outside. Some of the most violent female patients were kept across from Geriatrics ward. In this room people have heard their names being called and disembodied screams.
Another named ghost is that of a patient called Dean. He was killed when two other patients tried to hang him. When they realized that he was still moving after the hanging they dragged him into a room, placed one end of the bed post on his head and they both jumped on the bed until the post penetrated his skull instantly killing him. The room he died in is now known as Dean’s room and his ghost has been seen several times since his violent death. The hallway outside of Dean’s room is also home to the ghost of a nurse named Elizabeth and another patient known as Big Jim. There is another weird apparition called a “creeper” that apparently crawls or slinks along on the floor.
James Gallucio, PhD, had been researching the supernatural for years. It wasn’t the easiest career path, especially before the Transcendence hit and anyone who studied the paranormal was considered odd, at best.
Tall and lanky and clumsy, with thick glasses, James had always been on the receiving end of taunting and the stereotype of 'nerd’, and his hobbies didn’t help matters any.
But James was stubborn, and determined to find out the truth. They could laugh at him all they liked, but he knew of at least one man in his field who’d gotten a government grant to study the paranormal, and he was determined to keep working despite his detractors. Who knew, maybe it would happen for him.
Then the Transcendence happened. All over the world, in the blink of an eye, the paranormal was out in plain sight, unable to hide, and demanding their basic human rights, and people like James were suddenly needed.
But even though he was suddenly respected, needed, and looked to, at least somewhat, James just wasn’t satisfied. Half of the excitement of his job had been in the danger, in people’s disbelieving reactions, in the chase after something no one else understood.
There were dozens, if not hundreds, of people studying the paranormal now. James needed a challenge, something new.
Of course, there were dozens of new species to study now, and many of them incredibly dangerous.
So when the offer came, James jumped on it. So now, in the fourteen years since the Transcendence, James had done a documentary on as many as he could find the least verifiable information on.
Now James was looking for something new to document, something dangerous, something little was known about, something that would really get his name out there.