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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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Great experience

Can't wait to do the next one! It was hard but I expected it to be. It was exciting and definitely worth the money. It was a great night out.

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Moundsville
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Moundsville
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Can't wait to do the next one! It was hard but I expected it to be. It was exciting and definitely worth the money. It was a great night out.

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Moundsville, West Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a very unique place to visit , the tour guides know a lot and the Halloween events are great.

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Thank Michael P
Beechworth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful old building with great history. Well worth the trip to visit and take the tour. Loved my visit from Australia.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I were a little doubtful about this tour, but were pleasantly surprised. The history of this place and the atmosphere was a little disturbing, but it was an adventure. Our tour guide showed us everything, death row, electric chair, a mock hanging which made me jump out of my skin, etc. I am glad we went, and... More 

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Thank Diane S
Wheeling, West Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We did escape with our family. My daughters family and my sons. We had so much fun. No one really knew what to expect. It really showed the intelligence of the kids. They a learned how to work together and use their brains. What a welcome change of doing something together as a fMily and not have the kids have... More 

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WHEELING
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Everyone enjoyed! Great story. Tricky clues. Exciting atmosphere. Clean. Nice guides. Made for a really fun evening.

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Elkins
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

This was my daughter's Christmas gift. She loved the visit and we're planning another one in the spring. Great experience!

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Have never visited a Penitentiary in any country so this was always going to be an eye opener but what an amazing place. The lady that took us round really made the trip with her stories of things that went on when she worked there. It was very hot in August but its worth putting up with that to do... More 

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Pikeville, Kentucky
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

The feeling you get in this place is terrifying! I was scared out of my mind! Although I didn't see anything paranormal or hear anything, something had me completely freaked out! I have been to Waverly Hills and wasn't nearly as freaked out as I was here! I went with a couple of friends and one of them brought a... More 

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Ridgeway, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

This was one of my bucket list investigations. It was perfect. And we had a wonderful time. Hope to come back this summer.

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