Opened in 1876 the West Virginia State Penitentiary housed 250 inmates but throughout most of its active time the prison was grossly overpopulated. The prison was scheduled to have a large extension in 1929 but this wasn’t completed until 1959. With overpopulation, the profile of some inmates, the delay in the extension and not to mention the many executions that took place here, you can just imagine some of the horror stories that would come from the West Virginia State Penitentiary. Many of the prisoners lost their lives in the prison due to rioting, overpopulation and illness.
These days the West Virginia State Penitentiary looks like your generic haunted house or prison from the outside with an old gothic appearance to the stone work and building. I certainly wouldn’t want to get locked in there on my own. Speaking of which you can in fact tour the prison: http://www.wvpentours.com/.
West Virginia State Penitentiary Haunting
Hundreds of paranormal investigators have visited the prison in hope of seeing something out of the ordinary with many claiming it is the most haunted place in america