The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum — constructed between 1858 and 1881— is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America, and is reportedly the second largest in the world, next to the Kremlin.
The original hospital, designed to house 250 souls, was open to patients in 1864 and reached its peak in the 1950s with 2,400 patients in overcrowded and generally poor conditions. The Asylum is now open for all types of tours as well as many fairs, festivals and events April through November. They have been featured on many paranormal television shows over the years since it is also very haunted. The facility is currently offering civil war, historical, paranormal, photography and farm tours as well as many other activities, including ghost hunts of all types and a month-long haunted house in October.
Weston, W.Va., once the hand-blown glass capital of the world, allows you to interact with glass artisans in their charming shop and watch the art of blowing glass. The artisans at Appalachian Glass masterfully blend traditional glass-making methods with the best of modern techniques. If you would like to learn more about the deep heritage and history of West Virginia glass and the people who made it, stop by The West Virginia Museum of American Glass. It is a must-see, with their displays now reaching well over 20,000 pieces of glass and growing with educational interactive displays for younger visitors too.
We are honored to have The Mountaineer Military Museum in Lewis County, which is located in the historic Weston Colored School. You will experience some of the United States Military’s unique moments at the museum while seeing the military history of our county come alive through a soldier's eyes. There’s a lot to see and learn when visiting here including helping the owner to keep his promise to a fallen soldier and friend alive.
Kick back and relax at Lambert’s Winery, situated on a beautiful hillside in its own hand cut stone building were you can take a tour of the facility and enjoy a tasting while there. Their gift shop includes local pottery and gifts for all wine lovers. On Wednesdays in season they have a wonderful event featuring wood-fired pizza and music for everyone to enjoy. You may also visit the childhood home of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson at WVU’s Jackson Mill Farmstead. Here you will see an 1840’s farmstead with working a gristmill, black smith’s shop, buildings, cabins and more while spending time under the very trees Stonewall Jackson speaks of later in life.
For the outdoor enthusiast, visit Stonewall Jackson Dam State Park or Stonecoal Lake for boating, fishing, hiking, hunting or enjoy a round of golf on our Arnold Palmer signature course while spending a relaxing weekend at the four-diamond awarded Stonewall Resort on the shore of Stonewall Jackson Lake.
You can’t forget to take home some local treasures from our unique shops or pass up the wonderful experience of the many delicious home cooked and fine dining meals available in our unique, family owned and prize-winning local restaurants.
Come visit where heroes were raised, legends were born and memories are made!