Night at Moundsville Penitentiary -
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Moundsville, West Virginia
Join American Hauntings for a Private, Overnight Ghost Hunt!
PRIVATE Moundsville Penitentiary
Overnight Ghost Hunt
August 1, 2014 - 11:50 p.m. to 6:00 AM
818 Jefferson Avenue
Moundsville, West Virginia
Join American Hauntings
for a PRIVATE Overnight Ghost Hunt at the
dreaded Moundsville Penitentiary -- one of America's most
haunted prisons! Join us at Midnight for a 90-minute guided tour
of the history and hauntings of this notorious place and then
spend the rest of the night on your own, searching for the
legion of ghosts that are reported to linger behind at this
place. Are you brave enough to spend the night in this infamous
Join on this
chilling night and find out!
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Moundsville Haunted Overnight
to the Prison (11:59 PM to 6AM)
Guided Ghost & History Tour of the
Private Ghost Hunt
throughout the entire building
Note: This Haunted Overnight is
reserved for persons age 18 and
older. This is not a
sleepover and no accommodations are
$85 Per Person
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The West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville is a haven
for the ghosts of the prisoners who once were incarcerated
there. It certainly seems possible that the deeds of the past
could leave a terrible impression on a place such as this... for
when compiling a list of the places in America where ghosts are
most frequently found, prisons and jails are normally high on
The trauma, terror and pain experienced in a jail cell can leave
an indelible mark, as can the terrible deeds that placed the men
in these iron and stone cages. Even the horrible events that
often occur in the prison can cause the spirits of the men who
lived and died there to linger behind.
Nearly every jail is a scene of chaos. They are filled with
noise at every hour of the day and night. The cells and
corridors echo with shouting, laughter, crying, screaming,
cursing and just about every other sound that a human can make.
It is has often been said that these sounds can leave an
indelible mark on the atmosphere of the location. The
Moundsville Penitentiary is certainly no different.
The prison was built on the edge of Moundsville in 1866, just
three years after West Virginia was admitted to the Union.
Within a short time, it was surrounded by the town and the tall
stone walls created the illusion that a gothic fortress loomed
above the city. The prison remained open for 129 years, finally
closing down in 1995. During that time, the structure housed
thousands of prisoners. Many lost their lives here, through both
state sanctioned executions and during prison violence.
prison, which covers more than 20 acres of ground, was
originally built using convict labor to house the worst
criminals in the state. In addition to the Warden’s Office and
residence, the complex had building to house inmates, an
Administrations Office, Visitor’s Reception areas, Dining Hall,
Chapel, Mail and Laundry rooms, Boiler House, Central Receiving
Building, Execution Chamber and the “Hole”, a solitary
confinement and punishment area for prisoners who caused
problems or committed offenses against other inmates or
other sections were the “North Hall”, where the most dangerous
inmates were housed in solitary cells for 22 hours each day and
“Rat Row”, an area of 32 cells that were set aside for
informants and witnesses under house arrest.
along the north side of the prison was the North Wagon gate, a
narrow building that temporarily housed both men and women
prisoners at one time wooden trap doors on the second floor were
used for hangings in the early days, before the electric chair
was put into use. One of the chambers in the prison still houses
“Old Sparky”, the prison’s electric chair. Originally, all
executions were held in the Death House, a separate building
that was located in the north recreation yard. It was removed in
1965 when West Virginia banned public executions.
Just inside of the main entrance on the first floor is a unique
addition to the prison. Inside of the first room, where
prisoners entered and were searched, was a large wheel by which
the prisoners were escorted to their cell. A small opening in
the hallway allowed the guard to operate the double, circular
cage that was installed in 1894. There was a single entrance to
the center cage, which was then spun for the front of the
hallway to the corridor. This wheel prevented the prisoners from
making a break for freedom down the hall and out the main doors.
The latter-day stories of the prison (after it closed down)
maintain that this wheel occasionally operated by itself... as
though the ghosts of the former prisoners are still arriving to
serve their time in the building!
The maximum security area was located to the
north of the main entrance, and had two levels of cells. The
upper row of cells were constructed to hold inmates who were
given less time outside. They rarely left the cells and were
even forced to eat there. Like the dreaded “Hole”, such solitary
conditions often led to suicide.
Death, violence, murder and suicide... each of these can
contribute to the haunting of a location, but combine all of
them and you have the setting for a truly terrifying spot! At
least that is what has been said about the place by those who
have investigated the location and who have spent time there
after dark. Visitors claim to have experienced the sound of
phantom footsteps, voices and noises that have no explanation,
inexplicable cold chills, overwhelming feelings of panic and
Join us for a night at this terrifying
location -- and see if you're as brave as you think you are!