Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Weston State Hospital
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 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 away); Louis Bennett Library (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jackson's Mill (approx. 3.9 miles away); a different marker also named Jackson's Mill (approx. 3.9 miles away); Gen. Lightburn (approx. 5.9 miles away); Hacker's Creek/Jane Lew (approx. 5.9 miles 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.
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1. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. “Essential to the realization of [Dr. Thomas Story Kirkbride’s] vision was moving patients from overcrowded city jails and almshouses, where patients were often chained to walls in cold dark cells, to a rural environment with grounds that were ‘tastefully ornamented’ and buildings arranged ‘en echelon’ resembling a shallow V if viewed from above. This design called for long, rambling wings, that provided therapeutic sunlight and air to comfortable living quarters so that the building itself promoted a curative effect, or as Kirkbride put it, ‘a special apparatus for lunacy.’ These facilities were designed to be entirely self-sufficient (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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,287 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.