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Some areas of the original building had been partially modernized as evidenced by the fixtures. Yet, there is more hope in the green leaves of the trees outside the window, than in the confines of this hospital room.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, aka Weston State Hospital.

Authorized by the Virginia State Legislature in the early 1850's as a state mental hospital, it served as a Union headquarters during the Civil War. (At which time, that part of Virginia became the state of West Virginia.) Afterwards, it continued serving as a psychiatric facility until 1994. The original building is the largest hand cut stone masonry building in the United States.

There are several smaller buildings on the site which were used for additional patients including those with TB and the "legally insane."

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