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Mother's Day Weekend Investigation & Tour


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Join Eclipse Paranormal Events for Mother's Day weekend on Saturday, May 8th, 2021.  

During the day, you have the option to take two private tours of the Trans-Alleghany Lunatic Asylum, starting at 10am.  Later in the evening, you will be able to investigate the William Edgar Haymond House in Sutton, West Virginia  from 7pm - 3am OR you can choose to stay in one of the bedrooms.  We are also offering hotel accommodations for Friday and Saturday night as well.  This investigation and tour is for 14 years of age and older with a parent or legal guardian.

 

Trans-Alleghany Lunatic Asylum  

Trans-Alleghany Lunatic Asylum (TALA), also known as Weston State Hospital and West Virginia Hospital for the Insane, operated from 1864 until 1994 by the State of West Virginia.  The Asylum was designed to hold 250 patients, each with a private room.  The ground spread across 666-acres and was a self-sustaining institution.  The grounds included a working farm, dairy, waterworks, gas well, and cemetery. 

During 1881, due to an increase in mental health diagnoses and the stigma surrounding mental illness, the facility became overrun, housing almost 750 patients—500 more than it was designed for.  This is when the institution’s conditions started to decline.  The hospital couldn’t keep up with the influx of patients, therefore, patient care declined, and the neglect began.  At this point, instead of one person per room, there was four to five per room!  The farm and dairy wasn’t able to meet the increased demand neither, patients started suffering from malnutrition, which made their mental illnesses worse.

In 1938, the asylum was six times overcapacity, over 1,000 patients were being housed in a facility meant for 250.  Patients were running wild and workers were outnumbered and struggled to regain control. During the 1950’s, the facility housed at least 2,600 patients!

During this time, the news caught wind of the overcrowding and the Charleston Gazette sent a crew to investigate the asylum.  They found patients sleeping on floors and freezing in rooms due to lack of furniture and heat.  They noticed maintenance of the facility was more than lacking—the windows had grime on them which made the rooms darker and less sunlight could come through.  Wallpaper was peeling from decay and had been ripped off the wall by patients.  “Unruly” patients were locked in cages in open spaces and experimental lobotomies were being done.  Due to deterioration of patient care, more and more patients died. 

The door remained closed until 2007 when it was purchased by Joe Jordan to open as an education center and for tours.  They openly embrace the paranormal side as well.

 

Paranormal Activity

  • Being touched
  • Shadow people
  • Apparitions
  • Disembodied voices
  • Two teen boys from the 1940’s are said to linger in one of the restrooms
  • Jacobs Ayres, who was admitted in 1892, is still wandering the halls looking for his beer
  • Lily—she was born in the asylum and died from pneumonia at the age of 9—you can hear her laughing and crying from her playroom
  • Jesse—he died of a heart attack in a bathtub
  • Civil War soldiers
  • A patient who was brutally murdered by his roommates
  • A man named Jim James

 

William Edgar Haymond House

The William Edgar Haymond House was built in 1894 and has the original sandstone foundation, flooring, and staircases.  It is said to be the oldest structure in Sutton. 

Mr. Haymond was a prominent attorney in the area and lived in the home with his first wife, Emma Catherine, and their two children; upon Mrs. Haymond’s death, he married Ethel Rhodes.

In 2006, the home was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Paranormal Activity

  • Disembodied voices both heard and caught on recorders
  • The front door locking and unlocking
  • Doors opening and closing throughout the night
  • Blinds that are shut are open, being raised and lowered
  • Bell ringing
  • Woman in white being seen on the stairwell between the first and second floor
  • Child appearing and playing in the basement
  • On the second floor
    • Being touched or grabbed
    • Arm being pulled
    • Footsteps on the stairwell in an innocent way if too close to the stairs
      • A psychic-medium stated he could feel that a death occurred in the servant’s stairwell, either by strangulation or hanging
    • Uneasy feeling in the “pink room” and being told “out”
    • Woman in white being seen going into one of the bedrooms on the second floor

 

 

Package 1

  • William Edgar Haymond House investigation ONLY from 7pm - 3am
  • No hotel accommodations

Package 2

  • William Edgar Haymond House investigation from 7pm - 3am
  • Two private tours of TALA 
  • No hotel accommodations

Package 3

  • Overnight investigation of the William Edgar Haymond House 
  • Choice of bedroom

Package 4

  • Overnight investigation of the William Edgar Haymond House
  • Two private tours of TALA
  • Choice of bedroom

Package 5

  • William Edgar Haymond House investigation from 7pm - 3am
  • Saturday night hotel accommodations at the Days Inn, Sutton, WV

Package 6

  • William Edgar Haymond House investigation from 7pm - 3am
  • Two private tours of TALA
  • Saturday night hotel accommodations at the Days Inn, Sutton, WV

Package 7

  • Friday night hotel accommodations in Weston, West Virginia

 

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