Weston, West Virginia
Weston is located in Lewis County, in north central West Virginia. It is small town of approximately 5,000 residents.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum | Weston Lunatic Asylum | Weston State Hospital Information:
Weston is the site of the former Weston State Hospital, also known by some as the Armand Auclerc Weston Lunatic Asylum or the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was a psychiatric hospital that became a National Historic Landmark in 1990. The building has been mostly vacant since it was closed in 1994 after the William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital replaced it. The building was beginning to deteriorate when it closed and changes in the way mental illness was treated contributed to the decision to close it down.
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was built between 1858 and 1881. Work on the building was initially done primarily by prison laborers. The original hospital was opened in 1864 after a delay caused by the Civil War and was designed to be able to house 250 patients. In the 1950’s, however, there were 2,500 patients living at the facility in poor and overcrowded conditions.
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was built with long, rambling wings that are arranged in a staggered formation to make certain that each of the connecting structures received plenty of light and fresh air. It was designed to be self-sufficient and included a farm, dairy, waterworks, and cemetery all on its grounds, which ultimately sprawled out across 666 acres.
In 1999, after the building had been abandoned for about 5 years, several city and count police officers were caught playing paintball in the building. There were damages to all four floors of the building and three of the police officers were dismissed over the incident.
The building was purchased in 2007 by Joe Jordan and opened for ghost tours as well as historic tours and other fund-raising events to contribute to its restoration.
Ghosts and the Paranormal at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum | Weston Lunatic Asylum | Weston State Hospital in Weston, West Virginia:
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is host to paranormal activities of all kinds. Strange disembodied sounds, apparitions,
A famous haunting of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is that of a little girl named Lily. The little girl was born to a woman named Gladys Ravensfield. Gladys was raped by a pack of soldiers passing by her house during the Civil War. She found herself in the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, pregnant with her unborn child.
When Lily was born, she was taken from Gladys by the hospital staff. The little girl only survived a few hours after her birth. The curious fact about the haunting is that when visitors to the asylum encounter Lily, they often describe her as being three or four years old; not a newborn child.
Frequently, when visitors hear Lily giggling, or when they sense her prescense, they often will discover that candy bars and other sweets will go missing, indicating that perhaps Lily is fond of sweets.
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