“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Weston State Hospital

Weston State Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
1. Weston State Hospital Marker
Inscription.  The oldest State institution in West Virginia was authorized by an act of General Assembly of Virginia, March 22, 1858. The War Between the States delayed construction. It was not opened for patients until October 22, 1864.
Erected 1965 by West Virginia Historic Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 22, 1858.
Location. 39° 2.364′ N, 80° 28.128′ W. Marker is in Weston, West Virginia, in Lewis County. Marker is at the intersection of West 2nd Street (U.S. 33) and South River Road on West 2nd Street. 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
Weston State Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
2. Weston State Hospital Marker
Hospital grounds start beyond the fence on the left. Route 33 heads west on the right. The other marker is at the end of this sidewalk.
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(about 700 feet away); Weston (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lewis County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Weston Colored School (approx. ¼ mile away); Henry Flesher (approx. ¼ mile away); Weston in the Civil War (approx. ¼ mile away); Louis Bennett Library (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weston.
Regarding Weston State Hospital. 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 . . .  Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum - History - The Civil War. “The partially built Asylum and surrounding grounds became Camp Tyler, establishing Weston as an important military post, vital to the
Weston State Hospital image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 15, 2008
3. Weston State Hospital
This view is from the marker. Building faces to the left, and the clock tower is hiding above the trunk of the tree at center left. Check out the photo on the nearby marker with the same name for a front view of this very large building.
control of the well-traveled roads in the area. The completed southern wing of the asylum provided barracks and the main foundation served as a stable. Control of the area would change hands several times during the war.” (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 1,646 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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