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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum standing and for the extensive repair work needed to preserve her.

OPEN FOR HISTORIC TOURS

March 29th, 2014 – November 2nd, 2014
Always call to confirm if you don't see your time listed.

Monday
By appointment only

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m

Note: Please dress appropriately, there is no heat.

*Tours of the first floor leave every hour and all four floors start every 2 hours. The last 1st floor tour leaves at 5:00 p.m. and the last 4 floor tour leaves at 4:00 p.m..

If you are interested in a private paranormal or historic tour (daytime) then please call us at our office 304-269-5070.


Cemetery and Farm Tour
Designed as a self-sustaining community, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum patients and staff worked the acres behind the Kirkbride to produce both food and fuel.

Enjoy an open-air wagon ride while learning about therapeutic labor, the process of purchasing and developing TALA's land, the Farm, coal mine, struggles to obtain water, and more. Also explored is the history of the three cemeteries of patients located along the tour route.

This tour is 70 minutes long, is weather dependant, and is offered Saturday/Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. only.

First come first serve.
$20.00


Light Painting Workshop at the Asylum 4/26

The Asylum is well known for ghost tours, but it is also a great location for night photography! Only on rare occasions has the Asylum been open to photographers at night. For the the first time ever, we will be teaching a workshop to photograph the interior of the Trans Alleghany Lunatic Asylum at night. This access is unprecedented.

Light painting is a technique where the photographer uses artificial light to create a unique exposure. For more information on light painting and its history, follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_painting

Registration/Check in begins at 5:30 p.m. and Class starts 6:00 p.m. event ends 12:00 a.m.

Recommended Equipment:
• Camera
• Tripod
• Remote Shutter Release
• Flashlights: A Mag Light with 2 or 3 D Cells would be a good starting point. You might want to bring some smaller and larger lights also.

Optional Equipment:
• Glow Sticks
• Flash with color gels

A laptop will not be necessary for this workshop.

Limit 15 people, $200.00 per person. Click here for Tickets

 

Historic Tours
Walk-in tours are offered Tuesday - Sunday. All four floors are available. Appointments welcome. In October all tours are first come first served.

1st Floor (45 min)
Learn about the pioneers of humane treatment for the mentally ill while visiting the first two wards for the patients and see the Civil War Section of the hospital. Hear about the gold robbery that helped West Virginia become a state and how being a border state affected the area.
$10.00

All 4 Floors plus the first floor of the Medical Center
(90 min)
All of the first floor tour experience plus, step back in time to the 1935 fire that destroyed 4 wards of the Asylum. Visit the doctors' apartments, nurses’ quarters, Ward F where the most deviant of patients were kept, and explore the first floor of the Medical Center. Learn the history of medical treatments performed in asylums as well as how this facility helped the local community through two wars and the depression.
$30.00

The Civil War Tour (45 minutes)
Celebrate the West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Step back in time on this walking tour of the Asylum and the grounds. The historic community holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, gold robberies, and remarkable citizens. Trace the footsteps of men who went on to lead our country as presidents. Identified on the Civil War Trails map as a vital location during the conflict, this is an excellent stop on a state wide Civil War excursion.

This tour is an excellent companion to our Four Floor Historic Tour.
Tour Availability subject to weather conditions.

$15.00


Historic Tours Include
  • The history of the treatment of the insane prior to state run facilities as well as the people instrumental in improving that treatment.
  • The nationwide influence of the Kirkbride Theory.
  • The effects the Civil War had on the construction of the oldest parts of the hospital, "The Civil War section." (First time ever seen on tour)
  • The architectural history of the facility.
  • The socioeconomic influence of the facility throughout history, including both World Wars and the Depression Era.
  • Facts and features unique to the hospital.
  • Medical procedures used throughout the years and much more!

Photography Tour (02/09, 04/27, 07/13, 09/07, 11/02)

The photography tours allow you entry to the interiors of the Kirkbride, the Medical Center, Geriatric building, exteriors of all buildings, and the grounds. These will be a semi guided tours without historic information. Check in for the photography tour is hour before the start time. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Morning Photo Tour - $100 (8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)
Evening Photo Tour - $100 (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Both - $150

Need more information? Please call 304-269-5070.

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