The former West Virginia Penitentiary is a gothic-style thrill! Time Magazine wrote, “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 fortress is situated in the heart of historic Moundsville. The structure, which has been placed on the National Historic Register, encompasses more than 10 acres of ground and was the second public building constructed by the newly formed state of West Virginia after the Civil War.
The penitentiary first opened in 1866, but closed in 1995. It has 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 Ghost Hunts!
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