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Marshall County Tourism
609 Jefferson Avenue
Moundsville, WV 26041

Local Info: (304) 845-2773

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West Virginia State Penitentiary

818 Jefferson Avenue
Moundsville, WV
(304) 845-6200
April through November
Tuesday through Sunday
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tours on the Hour
The former West Virginia Penitentiary is a gothic-style fortress situated in the heart of historic Moundsville, West Virginia. The structure, which has been placed on the National Historic Register, encompasses over ten acres of ground and was the second public building constructed by the newly formed state of West Virginia after the Civil War.

A tour guide will escort you through this 90 minute tour where you will experience for yourself.

Inmate creations ranging from beautiful murals to dangerous homemade weapons. The eerie sounds of a cell block being locked down as the door slams in front of you in your 5x7 cell. North Hall where the worst of the worst criminals spent 22 hours per day in their cells. “Old Sparky” the electric chair that was built by an inmate and used to execute nine others. You also will see a demonstration of the hangings that were the method off execution for over 40 years.

The facility is open for tours April through November, Tuesday through Sunday. Tours are on the hour and begin at 10am with the last tour leaving at 4pm.

Special Activities include “ ghost hunts” and “ night tours” by appointment only.

Annual Events at the Penitentiary:

An 1800’s Event Featuring Juried Crafts

The Scariest Haunted House in the Area

The former WV Penitentiary is also available for corporate and party rentals.

For more information call 304-845-6200


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