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West Virginia Penitentiary

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Address: 818 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, WV 26041-2235
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Built in 1867 and in operation until 1995, this prison offers tours of the...

Built in 1867 and in operation until 1995, this prison offers tours of the cells and the retired electric chair.

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Such an amazing location to investigate. The most friendly & helpful staff I've ever met. So I took 19 other college students there for a college organization event. Now, we've... read more

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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New Middletown, Ohio
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New Middletown, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Such an amazing location to investigate. The most friendly & helpful staff I've ever met. So I took 19 other college students there for a college organization event. Now, we've been on campus for four years. Never once have we had such a crazy experience with such passionate hosts. They helped us find everything we needed. The place was active.... More 

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Wheeling, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've gone to other escape rooms before, and this one is by far the best! A great way to spend an evening with friends. The location helps create the spooky atmosphere, then their creativity keeps everyone in the group trying to figure out how to escape up to the last minute! A very fun activity for groups of friends and... More 

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Berkeley Springs, WV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Didn't know what to expect, but it was very well thought out, challenging, and a lot of fun! Can't wait to do another one!

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Shadyside, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You get to see the prison just the way it was when the last prisoner was relocated to the new prison. If you go when it is chilly take your jacket because they do not heat the prison. I you believe in ghosts you will meet some and if you don't you may by the time they let you go.

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Thank Mohican555555
Moundsville
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Can't wait to do the next one! It was hard but I expected it to be. It was exciting and definitely worth the money. It was a great night out.

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Moundsville, West Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This place is a very unique place to visit , the tour guides know a lot and the Halloween events are great.

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Beechworth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Beautiful old building with great history. Well worth the trip to visit and take the tour. Loved my visit from Australia.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

My husband and I were a little doubtful about this tour, but were pleasantly surprised. The history of this place and the atmosphere was a little disturbing, but it was an adventure. Our tour guide showed us everything, death row, electric chair, a mock hanging which made me jump out of my skin, etc. I am glad we went, and... More 

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Wheeling, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We did escape with our family. My daughters family and my sons. We had so much fun. No one really knew what to expect. It really showed the intelligence of the kids. They a learned how to work together and use their brains. What a welcome change of doing something together as a fMily and not have the kids have... More 

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WHEELING
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Everyone enjoyed! Great story. Tricky clues. Exciting atmosphere. Clean. Nice guides. Made for a really fun evening.

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