Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, West Virginia, USA
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is located on Asylum Drive in West Virginia. Need we say more? It’s one of the most famous landmarks in the area, especially for paranormal enthusiasts and thrill seekers.
Opened during the Civil War, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was a hospital for people with mental illness. Though, it was made to house 200-250 patients at one time, it reached ten times that with 2,400 patients in the asylum at once. With staff having so many patients to tend to, it became a very crowded and unpleasant place to be.
The facility was open from 1864-1994 to house people who suffered from schizophrenia and dementia, and also housed Charles Manson at one point. Though, it wasn’t just for the mentally ill. It is reported that people without mental illness resided there and there was no age requirement. Children were even left at the asylum, either because parents couldn’t afford them or simply didn’t want to keep them.
Medical “experiments” included electroshock treatment and water shock treatment as a misguided attempt to rid the patients of their mental disorders. They would also undergo extended durations in a padded cell, solitary confinement and even abuse and torture. With all this being known, it’s no wonder the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is home to some of America‘s most frequent paranormal activity.
Consisting of a maze of hallways, laboratories and isolation rooms, the asylum is considered haunted by everyone who has visited. It may also be worth mentioning that the grounds sit on 666 acres of land. That’s a number to worry about even if you’re skeptical of the paranormal.
Full bodied apparitions have been seen, including that of civil war soldiers, nurses, and young women and girls. One of the more common sightings is that of a young girl named Lilly. It is said she was born there after her mother was admitted whilst pregnant, but Lilly died at age 9. The woman who is thought to be Lilly’s mother is said to inhabit the upper floors of the asylum. She was admitted in the 1920’s and all that is known of her is that her name starts with the letter “E”. Lilly is the main focus of the two for paranormal investigators, though. She will move candy and throw a ball back and forth with anyone willing to play with thin air. You can see plenty of this footage on Youtube.
Another, more malicious, spirit is that of a ghost known as Ruth. She has been said to attack people who cross her path, so you may want to stay away from her if you ever visit the old haunted asylum.
For those wanting to explore this eerie location, you can do so with a tour. There are plenty of options from group tours, VIP tours, and photography tours, day and night. All of which can be found at the official Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum website, here.
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