Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The Haunted West Virginia Penitentiary

Opened in 1875, the West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville is said to be one of the most haunted prisons in the United States. It’s no wonder, as the prison was the setting for riots, fires and nearly 100 executions during its time in operation. Visitors have reported sightings of phantom inmates and a “shadow man” wandering the premises, as well as unexplained noises, voices and cold spots.
Today you can tour the lockup areas and prison yard and view the electric chair dubbed “Old Sparky.” For the bravest souls, stay for an overnight session, and bring your own flashlight and ghost-hunting equipment to explore the prison after dark. In addition to regular tours year round, the prison stages a haunted house every October.

For fun ghost stories for middle readers and teens, see my ghost story collection, Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children's Tales of Fright and Delight.

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