The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, also known as the Weston State Hospital, operated as an insane hospital from 1864 until 1994 by Weston, West Virginia. The Weston State Hospital was one of the many hospitals under the Kirkbride Plan, which is a mental asylum design advocated by Philadelphia psychiatrist Thomas Story Kirkbride.
So what actually constituted insanity to West Virginia authorities in the late Victorian era….? Well, here’s a pamphlet taken from the Weston Hospital Collection at the West Virginia Archives and History.
Pretty insane huh (no pun intended)?! Now if you thought this was pretty crazy… just wait until you see the bizarre tradition of post-mortem photography.
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