Heritage Tours

We need the support of the community to keep theTrans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum standing and for the extensive repair work needed to preserve her.

Light Painting Workshop at the Asylum

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. 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. All daily historic 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 plus tax

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 plus tax

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 plus tax

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 (02/21 , 05/08, 07/10, 09/04 and 11/06)

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.) plus tax
Evening Photo Tour - $100 (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) plus tax
Both - $150 plus tax

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

Architectural Tour

Don’t miss this incredible four hour tour taking you through the 23 years of construction and the major architectural changes in the past century and a half of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

Call for more information.

Cemetery and Farm (approx 1 hour truck ride)

The cemetery and farm tour teaches you all about 130 years of the agricultural history of the asylum. We take you to 3 cemeteries, the original coal mines, and more on a 4.5 mile ride through the original 269 acres of the asylum. 

The tour leaves at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. each Sunday through August. This weather dependant tour is approximately 1 hour and tickets are $20.00 per person plus tax.


Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
71 Asylum Drive • Weston, WV 26452 • (304) 269-5070 • info@trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com
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