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West Virginia Penitentiary

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Address: 818 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, WV 26041-2235
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+1 304-845-6200
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Built in 1867 and in operation until 1995, this prison offers tours of the...

Built in 1867 and in operation until 1995, this prison offers tours of the cells and the retired electric chair.

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Haunted Penitentiary

Moundsville WV is the location of the famous Haunted Penitentiary. Famous for its Haunted House and Escape Rooms. Closed on Sunday and Mondays. Open for tours, for buses or... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Della322WV
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Moundsville, West Virginia
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Moundsville, West Virginia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Moundsville WV is the location of the famous Haunted Penitentiary. Famous for its Haunted House and Escape Rooms. Closed on Sunday and Mondays. Open for tours, for buses or small groups. Not for anyone with heart problems.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have done the twilight tour and the day tour. Both are very informative and a little scary. It is astonishing to see how the prisoners lived and survived. Bring your cameras and make sure to visit the small museum.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The tour was very interesting. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. We did not have any paranormal experiences, this time. We will definitely be back.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The planning process of this trip started out with just me and my mom. After talking to my friends at work two others came along as well. We had no idea what was in store for us once we went through that gate. Your greeted by the nicest tour guide and gift shop worker as you enter the lobby. It... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful place, and great people. From the hotel we stayed at to the lady who told us some stories of the place as we walked about. Would love to return, spend some time in the town, in that beautiful county side.

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Concord, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

CJ was an amazing tour guide. 1 1/2 hr tour of fascinating stories. Been to Eastern State in PA this was so much better. The history is amazing.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great time even though our group didn't find all the clues in the allotted time. Ready to go back and try it again!

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Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very interesting look back into the history of the penitentiary. Our tour guide, Donna, had quite a grasp on the conditions and some of the most notorious inmates. There also were many examples of the artistic talents of some of the prisoners displayed on the walls. A small museum shows some of the weapons fashioned by the inmates and... More 

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Charleston
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

International tactical skills competition. Excellent opportunity to see corrections professionals compete in reality based Prison Riot scenarios. $25.00 registration fee.

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Chambersburg
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took advantage of an overnight investigation - we were not disappointed - sad and depressing view into a life most of us are ignornat about

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