The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to tour around one of West Virginia’s most haunted buildings. Construction on the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum begun in 1858 and was completed in 1881. Originally designed to service just 250 patients, overcrowding took over and poor conditions flourished. The asylum peaked to house 2,400 patients in the 1950’s. Lobotomies, murder, rape, suicide and mistreatment taint the past of this beautiful gothic building. Many now believe the tortured souls once resident here are left trapped inside the asylum’s walls.
Taking a tour of the asylum allows you to explore numerous wards, laboratories, solitary confinement cells as well as living areas for patients and staff. I took a day time paranormal tour, which gives a brief glimpse of the building’s history paired with detailed descriptions of the asylum’s resident ghosts.
Ghosts of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
One of Trans-Allegheny’s more well know ghosts is that of a little girl named Lily. It is believed that Lily was born and died within the walls of the asylum. She has haunted the building since and isn’t shy to make herself know to staff and visitors. Commonly reported paranormal activity by Lily includes the holding of hands, tugging of clothing, giggles, stealing of candy and invisible games of ball. Look out for Lily on the first floor near her room.
Another popular spirit left trapped inside the asylum is that of Ruth. During her time whilst alive at the asylum, Ruth was an aggressive and, at times, violent older lady who had a severe dislike towards men. It is common to encounter Ruth on the first floor near her old holding cell.
Other reported ghosts include Dean, who is known to haunt the room he was brutally murdered in, or that of the second floor where disembodied voices warn people to ‘get out’ of a room where a double suicide occurred. That same floor is haunted by a stabbing victim who tugs on the pants of people walking by, as if using his last bit of strength to seek help. Doors are commonly left open by a dead nurse named Elizabeth who is thought to still be doing her rounds.
If that still doesn’t satiate your cravings for the paranormal, the geriatric ward and civil war wing of the hospital are also highly active. This still doesn’t even begin to cover stories of demonic entities and something maybe even freakier called ‘The Creeper,’ as seen on Paranormal Lockdown.
Visiting The Haunted Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
Anyone with an interest in the paranormal, ghosts or the dark history of mental health treatment should add the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum to their haunted location bucket list. Now a recognized landmark, the asylum is open to the public for tours varying in nature.
For those interested in the building’s heritage, look at taking a historic, criminally insane, cemetery + farm, photography or VIP tour. For those interested in the haunted history of the asylum, look at taking a day/nighttime paranormal or flashlight tour. For those a little more adventurous look to book an overnight ghost hunt.
Thanks for reading. If you’re interested in visiting other creepy abandoned locations, check out my blog on the Old Abandoned Los Angeles Zoo.