Moundsville, West Virginia: West Virginia State Penitentiary Tour Team Field Report

818 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, WV
On the south side of Moundsville, at the corner of 8th St. and Jefferson Ave. Jefferson is a couple of blocks east of Hwy 2.
Apr-Nov Daily 10-4. No heat, too cold for winter tours. (Call to verify)
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West Virginia State Penitentiary Tour
Learn what it's like to live behind bars -- for an hour or so -- in this decommissioned prison. Has an electric chair and gallows, too, but just for viewing. Report...

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West Virginia State Penitentiary Tour

The West Virginia State Penitentiary Tour was very informative... The tour guide did a great job explaining the history and stories of the building, prisoners, and everyday life. The gothic style of the building and architecture is a must see!

[Tabitha Pauley, 10/30/2016]
West Virginia State Penitentiary Tour

Long, interesting tour. No AC, so pick a cool day and wear your walking shoes. Highly recommend.

[Dawn jackson, 09/07/2016]

Cell block.

West Virginia State Penitentiary Tour

They do night tours on Saturdays and even overnight tours. You have to buy the special tours online -- check ahead for scheduling, I don't think they do the long ones year round. The day tour was really interesting; we saw a lot of cool stuff.

[Karen, 10/15/2014]

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West Virginia State Penitentiary Tour

Stopped by on our way home from Ohio. The WV Pen Tour staff was fantastic and so well informed on not just the standard info, but they had little stories that made this much more interesting. Visiting old prisons is a look back at history. This one is no exception. Various riots, prison breaks and murders all happened within these walls. Our tour guide was fantastic and shared stories about these events with us.And make sure to go across the street to Johnny Shar's Big Dipper Ice Cream & Museum if you visit between April and October.

[Bigfoot & Squirrel, 05/01/2014]

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