Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Weston State Hospital
Authorized as a western asylum by the state of Virginia in 1858. Construction was started in 1860, completed by the new State, and opened in 1864 as a hospital for mentally ill. This is the largest hand-cut stone building in America.
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); West Virginia & Pittsburg Railroad Depot - Hales Emporium (about 700 feet away); Welcome To Historic Downtown Weston The Second Street Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weston Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lewis County World War Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Staunton And Parkersburg Turnpike (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (approx. 0.2 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. Website homepage:
“Essential to the realization (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 (Submitted on October 5, 2008.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2023. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,568 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.