Weston Hospital officially haunted, Ghost Hunters declares

May 4, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Charleston Daily Mail

The famed Sci Fi Channel "Ghost Hunters'' has declared West Virginia's most famous mental hospital haunted. via Charleston Daily Mail

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“Bubbly”

Since: Oct 08

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#21
Sep 14, 2009
 
I learned alot when I went back last year. I had a very informative guide also. Makes you understand how far we have come on the rights of ppl that have illnesses and the fact that some ppl (mostly women) were put in there for reasons that they could not control. It was a real eye opener for me and I hope to be back this year. I was there around Halloween last year and really enjoyed the tours. I went on both tours so if you go remember to dress really warm for the night haunted tour and wear gloves, something to keep your head warm and extra socks, it was really cold. Good luck, BTW I got pictures of some really good orbs.
Lauren

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#23
Sep 29, 2009
 
I am from weston to. I suppose they are giving Ghost tours because they need to make cash. Or just to satisfy people. Thanks you guys. and if there is anymore tips, please let me know. thanks.

Lauren.
Nancy

Marana, AZ

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#24
Oct 6, 2009
 
I have been to the Tran-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum several times and taken tours. I've also written travel articles about West Virginia, the Civil War Discovery Trail AND the Asylum. I have heavily researched this place for my articles and there are several fallacies people are posting here...

First, the original name of the place, when it was being built by the state of Virginia was the "Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum". Before the state could finish the site, the Civil War broke out. WV finished building it after the war ended, as it was now a new state and responsible for it. The state also repaid the state of Virginia the money that was stolen from the vault of the bank during the ear in 1953.

Second, the hospital was operated ALWAYS utilizing the "Kirkbride Method" where airy hallways, sunny rooms and work were used to help the patients regain a sense of usefulness. The hospital was ALWAYS humane in their treatment of their patients.

Third, the owners, as well as all the guides, are more respectful of the history of the building than many of the posters here. Mental illness is not a joke to them and the patients that lived there, some their entire lives, are remembered with reverence.

Fourth, were it not for the current owners, the building would have been torn down by the state long ago. The owners don't want historical grants because they are too restrictive and all-consuming. The owners wish to restore the building correctly. They bought it for $1.5 million and it needs repairs - lots of expensive repairs. It needs a new roof and that will cost about $5 million.

Last, the building and grounds recently became part of the Civil War Discovery Trail and its history as an integral part of the Civil War has been incorporated into the tours.

What these guys are doing is fantastic. They saved a beloved old building from destruction, they are trying to restore it to its original splendor, they are giving jobs to the people of Weston, they love what they do. So they have to be more than a little bit of a capitalist to do it? I'm really okay with that. The name is what it is... It was on the original plans for the building and it's historically accurate. Get over it. Just because you're not comfortable with history doesn't mean you should change it to suit your sensibilities.

And, yes, I DO have a t-shirt from the place, as does my son. I didn't get the key chain since I already have one but I DID give coffee mugs to folks as gifts upon my return home. This building brings in HUGE tourism dollars to the state of West Virginia and it should be applauded. Weston was suffering with the closure of the hospital as it was a major employer. The town is revitalized since it opened again as a tourist attraction. Before passing judgment, how about taking a tour, listening to the well-informed guides and learn not just about the buildings history but about American History. When you're done there, have dinner at one of the local diners - I recommend Stonewall Resort's buffet, reservations required.
sam

Morgantown, WV

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#25
Oct 26, 2009
 
What do you expect from a bunch of stupid rednecks??
Concerned

Princeton, WV

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#26
Jan 20, 2010
 
I worked at the Weston State Hospital past 10 years. All shifts, all units and it is not haunted. Never seen or heard nothing. It is used now to make money. It is a shame cause these people housed there were human beings with serious emotional problems and my heart goes out to them and their families.
wondering

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#27
Jan 21, 2010
 
How about the cemetaries at Weston. Are they open to the public. My husbands grandfather is buried there and he was wanting to go up there. I emailed the owners several times and never got a response. Does anyone knoe about them?
WV History

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#29
Feb 11, 2010
 
I took my daughter and her friends there for the tour. We didn't find it to be scary, we just found it to be interesting. The history of the hospital itself is an educational lesson and the structure is very unique. We loved the staircase most of all.
curious

Bluefield, WV

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#30
Feb 15, 2010
 
DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THERE HAS BEEN A BOOK WRITTEN ON THIS HOSPITAL?I HAVE A FRIEND,BOTH HER PARENTS RETIRED FROM THERE SOMEONE SHOULD BE GATHERING INFO BEFORE IT IS TO LATE.WOULD MAKE FOR GREAT READING THERE MUST BE SOME LOVE STORIES ALONG WITH ALL THE SADNESS.THE HISTORY OF THIS PLACE IS VERY INTERESTING.THANKS FOR THE INFO THAT HAS BEEN POSTED.
Interested

Morgantown, WV

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#31
Feb 17, 2010
 
I would love to read a book about it
Bradlee

Huntington, WV

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#32
Oct 2, 2010
 
I whent to the crazy asilem in Westen ireally recemed going there sometime it is amazing i whent there and tryed to play ball with lilly but i guess she didnt whant to play but other than that the tour was pretty good i should be going back this October and getting a flash light tour but i would recemend going i reslly whoud.!IT IS A LOT OF FUN!
Huck

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#33
Oct 14, 2010
 

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If you love it so much....go buy a t-shirt that says "Trans-Atlantic Lunatic Asylum" and wear it....oh, and don't forget your key chain and mug. Be sure to wear this on your vacation.
There are historical grants that the owners could have applied for to restore the buildings.
Looks like this is giving West Virginia another smack in the face.

"These owners are of the same type as the son of J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson who had his father dug up to see if he had been buried in a valuable leopard-skin coat,(he hadn't),then tried to SELL his father's old used COFFIN over E-bay!
There seems to be NO SHAME and NO LIMIT to what people will do for money. This is in the WORST TASTE possible, to MERCHANDISE unfortunate mentally-ill people for CASH by hosting a FREAK SHOW."

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#34
Oct 16, 2010
 
I was there tonight on the haunted tour & I really enjoyed it. I think it is great that they are having things like this that will help the area in bringing in much needed revenue, instead of letting the place rot. As far as these people bitching & moaning about making money off of the mentally ill & it being a freak show, you need to get a life. They are bringing awareness of just how bad these people were mistreated back in those days. If we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it.
Janice

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#35
Nov 4, 2010
 
June wrote:
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CAN YOU READ?
The hospital NEVER OPERATED under the name of "Trans-Atlantic Lunatic Asylum." When WV became a state on June 20, 1863, the first acts of legislature was to rename the hospital to "West VA Hospital for the Insane."
It finally opened in October of 1864.
You keep saying it was renamed...what was the first name of the institute prior to "West VA Hospital for the Insane"?
Blue_Eyes

Mount Hope, WV

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#36
Dec 10, 2010
 
I'm a little late here, but I thought I would bump this up. The fact that the building is open for tours is great, it's much better than letting an important piece of history just rot away.
There is no reason to get bent out of shape over the asylum tours. Yes, the fact that people with mental illnesses were housed there and probably under harsh conditions at some point is sad; but we need things like that around to remind us how far we've come so we won't go back to that. The treatment for the mentally ill back in the day was saddening, but an important part of medical history.
As for the people who have a problem with the current name... The Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was the ORIGINAL name whenever the building opened in the 1850's. What is so horrible about bring the original name back?

I will gladly wear a shirt that says Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum on it just knowing that an important piece of history is still standing, and that's because someone opened up it's doors for historic and ghost tours.
WTF

Weston, WV

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#37
Dec 12, 2010
 
Janice wrote:
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You keep saying it was renamed...what was the first name of the institute prior to "West VA Hospital for the Insane"?
If you did a little history research you would know it was called the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. I Have a state map broken down by counties and it is clearly marked as such in the town of weston circa :(1962)
sickofit

Buckhannon, WV

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Dec 12, 2010
 

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The citizens of Weston should face the fact that the economy of this little city missed the boat when they voted against the out of state investors who wanted to make the building a first class hotel and casino. Thanks to Ex-Governor Wise who made the state of WV a gambling East Coast State, there are gambling establishments in every nook and cranny of this state. There could have been another Greenbrier in their city and an explosion of employment for the people. Now we have low income people, many on welfare putting their money in a machine hoping to make a little. These people could have been employed making money. My hat goes off to the present owners who invested their money in this old building and who try to make money to defray the expense of this building.
chazz

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#42
Jun 13, 2013
 
Doug"agree with Kelly. Anything is better than seeing the place sit empty. I think that going back to the original name is great. I agree with u doug. I want to come see old place
worked there

Princeton, WV

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#43
Jun 14, 2013
 
First of all I want to say(Don't say it was kids breaking in) grownup were also,rember the paint ball shoot out it was NOT kids.
I worked in the hospital till the day it closed and moved up on the hill.Their are people living in Weston and all over the state that was clients at the hospital,I know if I had been it would upset me with a name like Tras-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Being mentally ill dose not mean your a Lunatic. Mental illness could happen to anyone at anytime. Making fun or mocking them could bite you in the butt,so beward it could happen to you.
local

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#44
Mar 1, 2014
 
Fun and interesting place.
Donna

United States

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#45
Mar 1, 2014
 
I liked it too. Very interesting old building.

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