Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum | RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel

This Unusual Destination is a hotspot frequented by paranormal enthusiasts. It would be a most memorable Halloween experience, if you dared to go there. In front of the massive gothic-style building in Weston, WV, a sign announces the “Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.” Construction of the facility began in 1858. Originally designed to hold 250 people, at its peak in the 1950s, the vastly expanded mental hospital housed around 2,400 patients.

The main building is reportedly one of the largest hand-cut masonry buildings in America and was designated a National  Historic Landmark in 1990. Although it was closed down in 1994 due to overcrowding and outdated patient therapies, restless souls are said to still roam the vacuous hallways. Ghost and historical tours are offered by the current owner to fund historical preservation. But just gazing at the main building in broad daylight, can give passersby the creeps.

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West Virginia is a great place to ride any time of year. Spring and fall will keep you from experiencing temperature extremes. Winters can get cold and icy, so plan your visit accordingly.


Traveling to Weston is the epitome of visiting Small Town, USA. While there aren't many unique lodging opportunities in Weston itself, there is an interesting spot to rest your head just down the road. Stonewall Resort is 10 miles south of Weston in Roanoke, WV. Located inside the Stonewall Resort State Park, this hotel sits on the West Fork River. The state park has a lot to offer including hiking trails, and many historical sites nearby.