Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Weston State Hospital
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
Location. 39° 2.442′ N, 80° 28.224′ W. Marker is in Weston, West Virginia, in Lewis County. Marker is on West 2nd Street (U.S. 33) east of Depot Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weston WV 26452, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Weston State Hospital (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weston Colored School (approx. 0.3 miles Weston (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lewis County War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Weston in the Civil War (approx. 0.3 miles away); Henry Flesher (approx. 0.3 miles away); Louis Bennett Library (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weston.
Regarding Weston State Hospital. This may be the second largest hand-cut stone building in the world, with the Kremlin in Moscow being the largest. Use the map link, switch to the satellite view, and zoom in to see the whole building.
The hospital was closed in 1994 and quickly fell into disrepair. It was purchased in 2007 to a businessman who plans to turn the buildings and grounds into a resort. Meanwhile he has opened the hospital to the public to tour ($30 entry fee), calling it the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.
Also see . . .
1. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. “Essential to the realization of [Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride’s] vision (Submitted on October 5, 2008.)
2. Haunting History at an Old W.Va. Hospital. 2008 article by Kathy Legg in The Washington Post. “It rose up out of nowhere. The looming clock tower was like an apparition from some other place and time, and I risked wrecking my car to get a better look at the mammoth stone building atop which it stood. What was this place? And how could I get inside for a closer look? What had been a spur-of-the-moment side trip on the back roads of West Virginia was about to get more than a little strange.” Includes a two minute video tour. (Submitted on October 5, 2008.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,435 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.