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West Virginia Penitentiary Tours Moundsville

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West Virginia Penitentiary Tours
818 Jefferson Ave
Moundsville
WV
26041
Tel: 304.845.6200

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Unlike most of the people who've previously walked through the gates of the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, you can be fairly certain you'll be walking out again a few hours later. The imposing Gothic structure was first opened in 1876, but closed in 1995. It's seen riots, fires and the execution of nearly 100 prisoners through either hanging or electrocution. These days, the only things it sees are much better behaved visitors. You can take a tour of the grounds and see the rows of cramped 5 ft.-by-7 ft. cells during the day; for braver souls, the penitentiary also offers midnight tours, followed by the chance to kick around inside the prison on your own until 6 a.m. Overnight visitors are allowed to bring their own food, so there's no need to trade your boyfriend for a Snickers bar."
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    You've really got to go here! Our tour guide, Chuck, an ex-guard, really took our tour over the top. A lot cleaner than we had anticipated (having previously gone to Mansfield Reformatory which irritated our asthma) but still in a very original state. Great photo ops and VERY interesting history. There were a lot of recorded - and unrecorded - deaths here.

    Personal recommendation, don't show up for the first tour of the day as we did. We probably had 20 in our group but the next tour only had 4. Chuck took the tour along at a comfortable pace,...Read More

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    Ooooo, love looking creepy building! I bet lot of active of paranormal!

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    I took my husband there on the overnight hunt. The staff, Ryan and Lori, were very nice. Although we had fun and enjoyed our visit, I was a little disappointed that we didn't catch much activity. Also, some people were annoyingly LOUD while roaming the bldg. Sound travels very easy in there and they had no respect for people trying to do evp sessions. Despite the building being very warm that night, we encountered some cold spots in the sugar shack and caught some crazy moving orbs on camera. Definately a neat place to visit.

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    I loved it. I got some pictures of me and I caught some orbes on camera. I would go there anytime with anyone.

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    I got sucked off by a somethin,not sure. Caught it on my infrared.i.d pay to get more of that...

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by L'il Dougie

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You've really got to go here! Our tour guide, Chuck, an ex-guard, really took our tour over the top. A lot cleaner than we had anticipated (having previously gone to Mansfield Reformatory which irritated our asthma) but still in a very original state. Great photo ops and VERY interesting history. There were a lot of recorded - and unrecorded - deaths here.

Personal recommendation, don't show up for the first tour of the day as we did. We probably had 20 in our group but the next tour only had 4. Chuck took the tour along at a comfortable pace, telling personal stories and stopping when necessary (group photos, etc.). He answered all questions posed to him - gave you enough information to be intriguing but not enough to leave you (too) creeped out. I wish Chuck was my neighbour so I could hear more stories!!!

I would go back here in a heartbeat! I'd love to stay longer next time and would consider the longer evening tours.

Don't hesitate to ask questions about the staff's personal accounts!! Super friendly staff work here. Check out the inmate photos wall (the guy that looks like a stereotypical boring accountant was a mass murderer!), weapons, Charles Manson's letter, etc. that are on display. DON'T MISS THE CREEPY PHOTOGRAPHS in the photo albums in the display area.

If you enjoy your tour and tour guide as much as we did - don't forget to tip them! The tours are so reasonable here that even with an extra tip thrown in, it's still totally affordable!

We toured here in the morning and drove for 2 hours to Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum to tour there in the afternoon. What a great day!

The Weather

Sunday

Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
Temp: 63° F / 17° C
Humidity: 75 %
Wind: E - 9 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Rain
Temp: 49° F / 9° C
Humidity: 80 %
Wind: NE - 17 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Overcast
Temp: 44° F / 7° C
Humidity: 80 %
Wind: W - 10 MPH

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