back in August, i headed to West Virginia for a long weekend to hang out with my family and check out some local attractions. as usual, i took a bunch of photographs of our adventures. one day, we headed to nearby Weston to tour the famous Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, a historic mental facility that runs historic architectural tours. it’s akin to Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentary, with a psychiatric twist. it was constructed between 1858 and 1881 and is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America. it is one of the original asylums to adopt the Kirkbride plan, an open building format developed for mental asylums.
this is the view from the front porch (originally part of the doctors’ quarters).
we had a great tour guide who was really engaging and knowledgeable. check out that getup!
in addition to the tour of the buildings, they had various exhibits to peruse with artifacts from the hospital and the area. one particularly interesting room was filled with drawings and writings from some of the patients.
each wing had this hand stenciled floral pattern wallpaper in varying colors.
these are cigarettes left behind by television-famous ghost hunters . . .
in addition to our tour of the Asylum, we hit up some antique shops in nearby Buckhannon. i picked up some amazing antique steals in a closing antique store:
how awesome is this Charley Harper print? every time i look at it i see something new!
i posted this photo to instagram, wishing i could bring the cain’s drugs sign home . . .
. . . and what happened, but i got to bring it home! it’s in amazing condition and came with its own stand. anyone out there looking to buy a vintage drug store sign?
i picked up this unique whiskey bottle- the address on the side is from Philadelphia, so i had to get it! i also fell for this set of vintage floral glasses.
my final great buy was this hand painted “men’s bar” sign. it came with the brass hooks affixed to the back, but i removed them and will definitely hold on to them.
on our final full day, we headed to Burnsville Lake and took a dip. the weather was kind of strange that day, so i got this peaceful photo of the rain rolling in: