West Virginia March 18, 2015
These 10 Horrifying Places in West Virginia May Haunt Your Dreams
Nothing is better than the adrenaline rush of visiting old, abandoned places and hearing the history of the location. From haunted hospitals to an abandoned amusement park, these places will send a shiver down your spine. When you go home after you leave any of these ten locations, you’ll probably be sleeping with the lights on!
1) The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, located in Weston, WV, was built between 1858-81 and is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in American. Rumor has it that the asylum is haunted with the souls of the insane that passed there. Some of the reasons that people were admitted to the asylum include: laziness, religious enthusiasm, women trouble, superstition, and birth control. The asylum was intended to house about 250 people but the population there peaked in the 1950s with over 2,400 patients. In 1994, the asylum was forced to close and has never been reopened as a mental facility, but they offer regular tours, haunted tours, and a haunted house in the fall.
2) The Mothman, hailing in Point Pleasant, WV, is a man-sized moth-like creature which has had many sightings starting in the 1960s. The Mothman is often connected with the Silver Bridge Collapse which occurred in 1967, killing 46 people.
3) The West Virginia State Penitentiary, located in Moundsville, WV, began construction in 1866 and was closed in 1995 after it was determined to be unfit and inhumane. This prison was on the Department of Justice's Top Ten list of most violent correctional facilities in the nation. This was probably due to the 85 executions that occurred at the prison, nine of which were men being electrocuted in the wooden electric chair nicknamed "Old Sparky." The Penitentiary is haunted with the souls of the 85 executed and 36 men that were murdered. I toured the prison once when I was younger and had nightmares for days. As we quietly walked the halls of the prison, we would hear noises coming from different places. The tour guides told us that it was probably just the souls of the dead haunting the halls of the prison that they reside in for the remainder of eternity. How reassuring!
4) Lake Shawnee, an abandoned amusement park in WV, shut down in 1966 and has been decaying since. The park was built on the site of a Native American burial ground and was also the location of a horrible massacre of settlers. It was revealed that 13 bodies, mostly of children, were found in the burial ground. Over the years, several unfortunate events have occurred at the amusement park, such as the death of a little girl and a drowning which led to death in Lake Shawnee.
5) In 1888, a farmer named Graham Hamrick purchased two female corpses from the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. This wanna-be scientist mummified the bodies with his patented embalming potion, trying to find out the secrets of the Pharoahs. Hamrick was successful and are in glass-topped wooden coffins in Philippi, WV.
6) Camden Park, located in Huntington, WV, opened in 1903. The Big Dipper, installed in 1958, is one of the only wooden roller coasters left of its kind. As if riding this 50+ year old wooden coaster wasn't terrifying enough, the park has an Adena Indian burial mound which has never been excavated. This mound is the third biggest in the state and is the last of its kind left. Rumor has it that the park is haunted by Native American spirits.
7) Darkish Knob, a steep hill near Parsons, WV, has a reputation of being haunted. During the years of the Underground Railroad, a small house was tucked under brush and was very well hidden near the base of the hill and was a place of refuge for the slaves. The woods are supposedly haunted with the ghost of the young girl trying to find the house. She was riding her horse and it lost its footing, and it fell over the edge of the hill. The girl fell to her death on the rocks that were below and it is said that she returns on occasion to the hill.
8) The now torn down Lakin Industrial School for Colored Boys was built in 1924 as a home for delinquent juvenile offenders. For over thirty years, the boys and staff worked on a surrounding farm which made them self-sufficient. In 1956, the school closed down as a result of Brown vs. Board of Education. There have been many reports of paranormal activity including people being pushed down the stairs.
9) The Grave Creek Indian Burial Mound is more interesting than it is terrifying, but it still has some scary aspects. Indian Burial mounds were intended to connect the living with the dead as an entrance to the afterlife.
10) The Haunted Barn! This haunted house in the capitol city Charleston, WV, is one of the biggest and best haunted houses yet! This haunted house has a 12,000 square-foot course with a 35 minute walk through. Pictured here is one of the MANY frightening rooms that you walk through, except this one is pitch black during the walk so you just end up walking into a hanging body bag and then shortly after screaming like a little girl and running off wishing your mommy was near.
I’ve only visited five of these scary locations, but I have heard many stories about all of them! West Virginia has been featured on television and in movies several times because of these places. There has been a movie adaptation of the Silver Bridge Collapse that is connected to the Mothman, and the Ghost Hunters have visited the West Virginia State Penitentiary! Where do you think the scariest place in West Virginia is? Comment below!