Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

Weston, WV

Located in Weston, West Virginia Trans- Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was the original commissioned unused name for the hospital. Construction of the facility was interrupted by the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861. Construction later resumed in 1862. After West Virginia became a U.S. state in 1863 the hospital was renamed West Virginia Hospital for the Insane. The hospital was open in 1864 to 1994. The grounds were meant to be self-sufficient and had its own farm, a waterworks and a cemetery. In 1913 the name was changed to Weston State Hospital. Patients at the hospital suffered from many conditions including epilepsy, alcoholism, drug addiction as well as those that were deemed non-educable or had mental disabilities/ illnesses. 

    In the early 1950’s the hospital became home to the West Virginia Lobotomy Project. Later on changes in the way that mental health/illnesses were treated greatly reduced the population at the hospital in the 1980’s. By 1994, all patients were relocated to a new psychiatric facility in Weston and the Weston State Hospital closed for good. In 2007 the property was purchased and is currently used to host different events including historical tours and paranormal investigations. 

July 10, 2008
Investigators: Beth Rosen & Matt Rosen.

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This electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) certainly did not wish us well. Please take notice of the strange ‘wind-like’ noise as it builds up to the actual, threatening statement.
The ‘welcome wagon’ makes an encore appearance later in the night with another warm greeting. Well, at least this one had a sense of humor, huh?
This EVP is heart-breaking. Had this been audible at the time it occurred, we would have done everything in our power to honor her bone-chilling request.

This is yet another greeting from the friendly folks at Trans-Allegheny. It happened in an early part of the investigation and was certainly a sure sign of things to come.
This is yet another greeting from the friendly folks at Trans-Allegheny. It happened in an early part of the investigation and was certainly a sure sign of things to come.

July 10, 2010
Investigators: Beth Rosen, Matt Rosen, Lisa Shirkey with guests Will Ishee, Nick Wendling, Karen Memmolo, Kathy Seller, Heather McLean & Tony Bertucci.

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Ward V: After hearing knocks, our investigator, Will, asks for another sign. To our surprise, it responds with a huge knock. And soon after, another investigator sees a passing shadow in the exact same room.

April 13, 2013
Investigators: Beth Rosen, Matt Rosen, Heather Olsen, Lisa Shirkey & Travis Spitzer with guests Tammy Spitzer, Jonathan Andrews, Kim Bigelow, Nick Wendling, Karen Memmolo & Eric Singleton.

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Lily’s Room: While an investigator discusses a relative who is a skeptic, this uninviting presence makes itself known. At no other location have we uncovered so many ‘get out’ EVPs than at Trans-Allegheny. (Amazing place.)

August 22, 2021
Investigators: Beth Rosen, Kathy Sellers & Jenny Breitbarth with guests Nick Wendling, Heidi Johnston, Eric Singleton & Jen Kozlof of NAPS North Carolina, Troy Haney, Jenn Stubstad & Heather Elliott of Off-Grid Paranormal .

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Findings: Nothing to report

Grave Concerns Paranormal does not view findings presented on this page as evidence of ghosts or the paranormal. These are merely experiences that we can not explain at this time.