West Virginia Penitentiary

818 W. Jefferson Ave.
Moundsville, WV 26041- Map It
Phone: (304) 845-6200

AAA Editor Notes

West Virginia Penitentiary is at 818 Jefferson Ave. This Gothic-style fortress was built by inmate labor in 1868 and was the state's first territorial prison. Guided 90-minute tours allow visitors to step inside a 5-foot-by-7-foot cell and see the electric chair, the gallows and North Hall, where the worst inmates were confined 23 hours a day. Hand-painted murals, created by inmates, adorn the walls. Evening, night and paranormal tours also are available; phone ahead to confirm schedule and prices.
$12; $9 (ages 55+); $6 (ages 6-16).
Hours: Tours depart on the hour daily 10-4, June-Aug.; Tues.-Sun. 11-4, Apr.-May and Sept.-Nov. Closed major holidays.