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Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

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.
 
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.
 
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 (about 700 feet away); Weston Colored School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Louis Bennett Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackson's Mill (approx.
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.
4 miles away); a different marker also named Jackson's Mill (approx. 4 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.
 
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 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
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.
would change hands several times during the war.” (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 1,540 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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