West Virginia March 30, 2015
Going Inside West Virginia’s Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Will Give You Nightmares
Prepare to get the heebie-jeebies! The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, located in Weston, West Virginia, opened in 1864 to house the mentally ill and was forced to close down in 1994. Some of the reasons that people would be admitted to the Weston Asylum: the dreaded “female disease”, laziness, birth control, and religious enthusiasm. This abandoned asylum is now supposedly haunted with the souls of the insane.
This is quite the captivating photo of the front of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.
This photo gives me chills! Isn't it amazing?
This lush grass looks so beautifully bright up next to this decaying building.
This is the courtyard outside of the Trans-Allegheny Insane Asylum.
This must have been a staff bathroom, as the rest of the bathrooms for the patients were group bathrooms.
Doesn't this just remind you of the Saw bathroom? *shivers*
Even during the asylum's prime, it wasn't very well lit. They depended on the sun coming through the windows to light up the asylum during the day.
Pictured here is an apartment that would have belonged to the hospital superintendent or the head physician.
Along with being provided with an apartment to live in, the hospital superintendent and head physician would be paid $2,100 yearly.
This chest of toys looks like it popped out of a horror movie!
Looking through this broken window to the clock tower is actually quite stunning, but oh-so unsettling.
This photos captures looking down a hallway full of opened doors at an abandoned insane asylum.
This looks like a screen shot from The Last of Us.
Even when the asylum was up and running, I can't imagine this looking any less terrifying.
Pictured here is the nurses' station.
The nurses' station has a window that looks into the day room, where the patients could relax during the days.
Here are some notes from the nurses' station at Weston.
I can make out "Ten men bathed and shaved," some of the aides' names, and "Meds given." What can you see?
These old, antique bricks are quite breath-taking. Still creepy, though. Really, really creepy.
Pictured here is the door to the Psychological Testing room.
This was probably unsettling even in it's prime.
The group shower room. Reminds me of somewhere that you could find Moaning Myrtle!
The staff also had small rooms available inside of the hospital.
Aside from the creepy walls, this room is honestly magnificent.
The staircase in the asylum was probably really amazing.
This just doesn't even look real to me.
It looks like it came out of a scary video game. Peeling wallpaper always gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Caged windows are flippin' scary no matter what. But they are especially scary being in a decaying building with old, faded curtains.
This room has such potential to be absolutely stunning. I'm sure that it was when the hospital was open.
These walls remind me of "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I find this to be quite ironic to the situation. If you have never read this short story, I highly recommend checking it out!
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was made a National Historic Landmark in 1990.
Look at how eerily beautiful this asylum really is. The blanket of snow covering it is just amazing.
The Weston Insane Asylum is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America, and is the second largest in the world, next to the Kremlin.
The Kremlin is located in Russia, isn’t it amazing that this is the second largest hand-cut masonry in the world?!
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum offers ghost tours year-round and even has a Haunted House in the fall, along with an Asylum Ball. The Asylum also offers photography tours and architectural tours. This place is seriously amazing.
Have you ever experienced anything haunted at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum? Comment below!