West Virginia Penitentiary, Moundsville

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The West Virginia Penitentiary is a gothic-style prison located in Moundsville, West Virginia. Now withdrawn and retired from prison use, it operated from 1876 to 1995. Currently, the site is maintained as a tourist attraction and training facility.
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  • We had such an amazing time! The tour guide was amazing and knowledgeable. He joked that if we left a negative review to call him TJ but for the life of me I can’t remember his actual name but he had....  more »
  • Our tour guide Lee was funny and full of information. The history of the building, its inhabitants, artwork, riots, the electric chair, wagon gate and the trustees who lived in the wardens home all.....  more »
  • Had a great daytime tour here! Chuck, as mentioned multiple times, was the BEST tour guide! We kind of scored on our tour as the only other party were current friends with a former prisoner and knew of some of the other prisoners that were "popular" on the tour via their friend, so we got a ton of great stories! Cashier was great! Tour was great! The museum was great! I will for sure be back! (Picture is of chuck)
  • We had a great time! Chuck was our tour guide, and he was a great story teller, as well as a former guard of the prison! This trip was a birthday gift from my fiance, and I have to say, it's one of the best I've ever gotten! If your into history and exploring amazing relics of past times, check it out! We're now seriously considering renting the pen for a night of ghost hunting for our wedding party next spring!
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