West Virginia Penitentiary

I. Hate. Group. Tours.
I was expecting another Eastern State romp – getting a map, signing a waiver, and going off on my merry little way.

…well, it really isn’t a fair comparison, since Eastern is older and in worse condition.

The tour lasts roughly an hour, and unfortunately it’s a guided group tour. Nothing against the tour guide…I just can’t stand group tours. She told us of the 1986 riots, the Aryan Brotherhood members in solitary cells, and several other stories. You also get locked in a cell, which is kind of cool.

The prison ran from 1866 to 1995. It was closed because the conditions and cell sizes were deemed cruel and unusual punishment. The prison is also said to be haunted.

Author: Stu