Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston West Virginia is one of the most haunted places in the USA. It was constructed by the Virginia General Assembly in the early 1850s. At that time the Virginia General Assembly was not recognized as a state. Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was opened as a Psychiatric hospital, also known as a mental health hospital. It was designed to hold 250 patients but in year 1938 it was six times overcapacity. The patients were running wild, outnumbered; staff struggled to regain control.
In 1950 with 2600 patients, more than ten times the number it was intended to house. Due to overcrowding the windows of the hospital were covered with grime, darkening & further chilling the rooms. The wallpaper was peeling and decaying and torn by the patients. Walter Freeman the famous surgeon and lobotomy advocate started experimenting lobotomies in the hospital.
Freeman performed many lobotomies, which led healthy patients with lasting physical and cognitive damage. His methods include slipping a pointed rod like an ice pick into the patient’s eyes with the help of a hammer to force it to sever the connective tissue in the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which led to a number of deaths.
In 2007 Trans Allegheny in Weston West Virginia reopened again for the tourists, people say that they can feel the presence of the several patients who perished in shocking conditions. Trans Allegheny is one of the largest hand-cut stone masonry buildings in the USA it is believed to be the second-largest hand-cut sandstone building in the world.
At present there are many tours available for the visitors-:
- 90 minute daytime tour – $35
- Two hours night time tour – $40
- Full day 9 am to 5 am hunt tour – $100
While visiting the Trans Allegheny in Weston West Virginia you may meet paranormal investigators with camera gear and digital recorders. You will get to spend two hours on each of the asylums, some of the hospital’s better-known spirits which includes Lilly (a little girl who was born in the asylum) according to the visitors she still plays with her toys in her room, Jesse – a man who died of a heart attack in the bathtub, a patient and civil war soldier who was murdered by his roommates.
If you are traveling to the historical haunted Asylums then book your flight to North Central West Virginia Airport which is only 27 miles from Weston city. Being an international traveller you should hold either the US Visa or ESTA authorization.
ESTA American visa is an automated process, which gives authorization to the applicant to travel to the United States. It is just an approval to travel and a guarantee to enter the US. This program is available only for the nationals of countries under the Visa Waiver Program.
If an ESTA application of an applicant is denied, still he or she can apply for the US visa. Here, we need to understand that ESTA authorization is not the same as a visa. ESTA authorization only allows you to travel; it does not complete other legal requirements which give entry in the US.
ESTA application has a validity of 2 years from the date of authorization is granted. Multiple entries are allowed during these two years of authorization. It is important to keep a check on your ESTA expiry date. To check ESTA online you have to fill a simple form online. Only the basic information of an applicant is required to know whether his or her application is valid or not.
If your ESTA is valid then you have to check your Passport’s expiry date as you will be allowed to travel before the expiry of ESTA or expiry of your passport whichever is earlier.
Places to See in Weston
Museum of American Glass – It has a great collection of glorious coloured and sparkling glass by the manufacturers since 1860. They have around twenty thousand items on display. It has self-guided tours which include the National Marble Museum and our Lady Jane stained glass dollhouse.
Lambert’s Vintage Wines – it is a place where you can have delicious wood-fired pizza with classical sweet wine.
Mountaineer Military Museum – One of the historic Military museums in the USA which shows the contribution and sacrifice of the Soldiers
Curated – If you are visiting Weston then don’t miss the unique place to buy paintings, honey, jewellery, gifts, glassware, essential oils, soaps dips.
Ember Arts – Walk-in to the finest Ember Art which offers glass fusing, pottery painting, glass painting, and mosaics.
Mann Cave Distilling – It offers some of the best whiskey, Moonshine Gin and Vodka. You can experience the tour and how these spirits are made.
WVU Jackson’s Mill Farmstead – It is a historic palace that has annual Jubilee on labour day weekend includes farm machinery exposition, live music, Civil War Encampment & re-enactment, art, and craft. It is surrounded by the rolling hills of West Virginia.
Thyme Bistro – Is one of the best restaurants in Weston city which serves a variety of continental and multi-cuisine dishes at a reasonable price. It is situated middle of the city with the beautiful interior design
Hotels Near Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
- Courtyard by Marriott Morgantown
- La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Morgantown
- Red Roof Inn Fairmont