Insane Asylum/Roney's Point
GNX87

Wheeling, WV

#142 Apr 20, 2011
Kayla wrote:
Yea, You won't find out much about that whole area.. We been trying to get info on that place for about 2 years now and everytime we come up empty handed. I meen we got a good bit of information on it and some other things but can't find out anymore. People say that there was no other buildings up there besides the ones people live in now, NOT TRUE. If you actually go up there and really look around, you can see the structurs of where other buildings was. Concrete Stairs here and there along side the road, but still they claim there was never nothing there. Basements and covered up buildings still intact, but like I said you won't get anywhere asking people for info up there. Believe me!!
Along the road? Those were proabably just houses torn down long ago. Drive in north Wheeling, old retaining walls with stairs to nowhere, go to east Wheeling Hill, old chimneys. Ruins are not a rare sight here.
GNX87

Wheeling, WV

#143 Apr 20, 2011
Jon Moundsville WV wrote:
i was just up there tonight looking at a house that was for sale right behind the place. All of the building still stand and while i was witing on my realtor that state trooper came out and asked me what i was doing up there and talked to me for 15 or 20 mins before my realtor got there. I asked him if the rumors were true about people being shot at and he laughed and said not since he has lived there and that has been 10 years. He said that he has heard a lot of people say that but dosent believe it was true. He was a very nice guy and said that the state gave him the house to live in to take care of the property as a care taker. HE had this uniform on and went and got a pop out of his cop car so he is not retired. He told me that ohio county owns the 480 some acres around the old hospitle besides the 6 houses on the back side and the property they own. Needless to say i liked the house that i looked at but i couldnt look out of my window at the run down building every day. It is pretty creepy looking out there but i guess people dont mind it if they live 150 feet behind it. There was no fence going up the road as familys live up there also. Just an old gravel road going up the hill about a mile to the top. Hope this helps you all
Was the cop shaved bald and have an accent? I might know him. Anyway, some people just don't care. I'd live next to a prison and not care. As long as it is well protected. You shouldn't be afraid of a harmless old hospital. People in New York have a old Smallpox hospital and don't mind.
Fudd

Brecksville, OH

#144 Apr 21, 2011
GNX87 wrote:
<quoted text> Was the cop shaved bald and have an accent? I might know him.
Everyone in the upper Ohio Valley has an accent, dear.
GNX87

Wheeling, WV

#145 Apr 21, 2011
Fudd wrote:
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Everyone in the upper Ohio Valley has an accent, dear.
Not me I know, I was wondering if he had a accent that isn't common around here, more of a downstate accent. But not backwoods, like kentuck, or nearby.
Fudd

Brecksville, OH

#146 Apr 21, 2011
If you don't sound like da Vallians anat, then YOU have the accent, dear.
Katelynn

United States

#147 Apr 23, 2011
I'm not all about the ghosts or if the buildings are even haunted. I just couldn't figure out what building was what?. The first Building you come up to I was told by the trooper was what used to be the Asylum. and the one next to him was the TB hospital. I'm pretty sure there's lots of stories about this place. Everybody has so many stories and diffrent ideas about the whole area.
Katelynn

United States

#148 Apr 23, 2011
I'm not all about the ghosts or if the buildings are even haunted. I just couldn't figure out what building was what?. The first Building you come up to I was told by the trooper was what used to be the Asylum. and the one next to him was the TB hospital. I'm pretty sure there's lots of stories about this place. Everybody has so many stories and diffrent ideas about the whole area
Fudd

United States

#149 Apr 24, 2011
I'm not all about the ghosts or if the buildings are even haunted. I just couldn't figure out what building was what?. The first Building you come up to I was told by the trooper was what used to be the Asylum. and the one next to him was the TB hospital. I'm pretty sure there's lots of stories about this place. Everybody has so many stories and diffrent ideas about the whole area
Jason

Martins Ferry, OH

#150 Jun 9, 2011
I was just up that route today. Going up the hill is a dead end sign followed by a bunch of no tresspassing signs on the trees. Id like to go up there but wasn't sure if the no tresspassing signs meant the road or the property around it. Any ideas?
donna

Weirton, WV

#151 Jul 3, 2011
Tom wrote:
<quoted text> Can u tell me exactly how to get there from Weirton, WV
I know that these posts are quite old, but i just found them, and actually just heard about this place. We just went there yesterday and i'm from Mingo jct. not sure if you've visited the place yet...but take rt. 7 until you come to the blue bridge to cross the river...I-70E i think...then take Exit 5 for US-40, follow that until you come to point run rd. right i think, follow until you come to 911 it's a y in the road go up the hill with the dead end sign....it's really worth the trip...We went and no one bothered us, took pics, walked all around the property. Very interesting stuff!!
donna

Weirton, WV

#152 Jul 5, 2011
can anyone tell me if there are any books written about this place?? I'd love to check them out to see what the place looked like back in the day!!

Since: Jun 11

Charleston, WV

#153 Jul 6, 2011
I was raised on dallas Pike in the 50's I was always told that it started out being a Poor House for people that had lost everything, then, a TB Hospital, Home for he elderly, and sometime in the 70's a treatment center for alcoholics. my dad did some work up there at one point. I like to move back and make a retreat there.
LauraShimenga

Wheeling, WV

#154 Aug 4, 2011
Wonder Woman wrote:
There's been rumors that after people died at this hospital/asylum they were buried behind the building and after the flood a few years back the bodies were washed up Is this true?
Seriously? If it floods that far up on that big of a hill everyone in the Wheeling area would be under several stories of water. NO, it's not true. What a horrible story, it's not even plausible.
LauraShimenga

Wheeling, WV

#155 Aug 4, 2011
Kayla wrote:
Yea, You won't find out much about that whole area.. We been trying to get info on that place for about 2 years now and everytime we come up empty handed. I meen we got a good bit of information on it and some other things but can't find out anymore. People say that there was no other buildings up there besides the ones people live in now, NOT TRUE. If you actually go up there and really look around, you can see the structurs of where other buildings was. Concrete Stairs here and there along side the road, but still they claim there was never nothing there. Basements and covered up buildings still intact, but like I said you won't get anywhere asking people for info up there. Believe me!!
If you go up there some older guy who lives there will tell you. On the right as you go up the hill is an old winery. It's totally falling apart. Someone also built his wife a house up there... you know the kind of story... and it either didn't get finished or was left to fall apart. Also, at the top of the hill in the center of several homes is an old TB hospital. People say asylum but that is NOT true. At the time it was open asylum patients were sent to Weston, WV.
Paranormal follower

United States

#156 Aug 9, 2011
I have lived in Wheeling all my life. It is nothing new to this city to find another spot for odd occurrences. That building was built by a small group of gentlemen in the early 1900s. It was originally a tuberculosis treatment center, but during the 1930s it became an insane asylum. Much like Aushwitz for the Germans, it was a form of torture center. Shock therapy was used, and if you were still able you worked. If not, you were fed through a tube til death. Many died of infection from lack of sterol needles, and those who died were cremated and buried. Once you entered, you never left. To this day during the night, you can still hear the screams of the mental patients from the burned down hospital.
Triadelphia Bob

Brecksville, OH

#157 Aug 10, 2011
Paranormal follower wrote:
I have lived in Wheeling all my life. It is nothing new to this city to find another spot for odd occurrences. That building was built by a small group of gentlemen in the early 1900s. It was originally a tuberculosis treatment center, but during the 1930s it became an insane asylum. Much like Aushwitz for the Germans, it was a form of torture center. Shock therapy was used, and if you were still able you worked. If not, you were fed through a tube til death. Many died of infection from lack of sterol needles, and those who died were cremated and buried. Once you entered, you never left. To this day during the night, you can still hear the screams of the mental patients from the burned down hospital.
Taking a few poetic liberties there, aren't you? Nothing like taking an old sanitorium and turning it into a fireside ghost story.

Just wondering what a "sterol needle" is, though. Was it used to administer cholesterol, or was the needle itself made out of sterols?

Let's just hope they were sterile when they used them.
Triadelphia Bob

Brecksville, OH

#158 Aug 10, 2011
links to recent photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/btkphoto/sets/72...

http://rie_sadler.webs.com/app s/photos/photo?photoid=1797559 8

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Has anyone seen the movie?

http://www.moviezen.com/movie/roney 's-point

http://roneyspointmovie.com/
WVHillWilly

Indiana, PA

#159 Aug 11, 2011
The poor farm and TB sanitarium was originally the Schmulbach Mansion built by Wheeling banker and brewer Henry Schmulbach for his second wife. After his death in 1915 his wife sold it to Ohio County and it became the poor farm and TB sanatorium.Ohio County stopped operating the poor farm in 1962 and had abandon the mansion by 1964. They sold it to the state of West Virginia in 1967 and the state built the mental health facility. After the mental health facility closed in the late 1970s the property reverted back to Ohio County and it has sat abandon ever since.

Since: Aug 11

Youngstown, OH

#160 Aug 18, 2011
The County Farm Cemetery and Poor Farm is located on the east side of Roneys Point Run Road, north of County Farm Road, outside Roneys Point, West Virginia (Ohio County). 

The County Farm Cemetery was established in 1932, and it is no longer active. When I visited in August 2011, the weeds were over my knees and the cemetery had not been maintained for many years. The cemetery has a large cast iron fence and gate that protects the small bridge that leads across the small creek. I found that the original wood County Farm Cemetery sign had rotted and fell off the original posts. What is left of the sign has been placed leaning up against the outside of the gate next to the road. You will find a chain on the gate, but it is not locked. You can explore the open field that holds hundreds of unmarked graves and venture into the surrounding wood area where I have found numerous plot markers and small metal tag post type markers for all these forgotten souls. I would be careful of how far into the woods you explore because the cemetery is open to the public , but once you get further into the woods you are on the old Henry Schmulbach estate that the county owns. There are numerous No Trespassing signs clearly posted here. A State Trooper who lives at the top of the hill also protects the old estate and T.B. Hospital that is now abandoned. The Poor Farm was originally the Schmulbach Mansion built by German Wheeling brewer, banker and powerful city leader Henry Schmulbach for his second wife. Henry built the home in 1913 and lived here for only 2 years, prior to this he lived at 2311 Chapline street Wheeling. When he died in 1915 his wife sold it to Ohio County. A wing was built onto the left side of the mansion to accommodate a poor farm and later T.B. home. In a photo I found of the mansion in the 1930's the home was still new and beautiful looking. Ohio County stopped operating the poor farm in 1962 and abandon the estate in the mid 1960's. The County sold the property to the State of West Virginia in 1967 at this time the state built a hospital that served as a drug and alcohol, mental behavior treatment center and later a boys and girls detention hall. This building closed in the 1970's and the property transferred back to Ohio County. As for Henry Schmulbach's Mansion the county gave it one last fair well goodbye when they gave the local fire department permission to conduct a mock fire on it for training purpose in 1975. This Mansion in its day was the premiere Home in Wheeling. The rooms were decorated with hand-made wallpaper imported from France, imported marble fire places and a conservatory... what a total waste and complete disrespect to such a key city leader. After further research of this property and cemetery I found that other grave markers and head stones were found in the woods with older dates then when this cemetery was established. Some markers were from the 1890's and other from the 1910 era. I found that this was odd and later learned that many displaced cemeteries in the Wheeling area had moved stones from the old Catholic cemetery and Peninsula cemetery to here. I am not sure why this was done or if the entombed coffins and contents were moved here or not. After the Schmulbach Mansion fell into the hands of the county it became a rest haven for the old, poor, T.B. diseased, metal ill, criminals and other various people of handicaps that society did not want and so they displaced them here. In those days the" Out of site -Out of mind" concept was the norm of the culture.
Hagatha May

Orlando, FL

#161 Aug 23, 2011
More homes for the insane are desperately needed all over W.VA.I never saw so many dysfunctional, inbred hillbillies.I know it's a depressing area of the country,maybe thats why so many have lost their minds.They need poor houses again too. So much poverty in your area.Thank God for relief checks,without them you would all starve.TATA for now Lady of Quality

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