​​Can you spend the night in the West Virginia Penitentiary?  How about TWO nights?? This is a rare opportunity to find out.

First opened in 1876, the prison has seen
riots, fires, executions, homicides, escapes and overcrowding.  Built on 10 acres, the 6 acre enclosure is sounded by 24 ft. walls that are 6 ft. deep at the base and 2 ft. deep at the top.

At its worse, the prison housed more than 2,700 prisoners when it was rated for a capacity of only 696.  You will have access to the 5x7x7’ cells that often housed up to 3 prisoners at a time.  With no air conditioning and only steam heat, you can only imagine how deplorable the conditions must have been. 

The United States Department of Justice included the West Virginia Penitentiary in their Top Ten Most Violent correctional Facilities list.  There were 36 homicides of prisoners by their fellow inmates, often by prison gangs.

Within these walls between 1899 and 1959, there have been 94 prisoners executed (85 by hanging at the gallows) and 9 by electrocution.  You can see the original electric chair nicknamed “Old Sparky” and walk in the North Wagon Gate which housed the gallows.    

In the 20’s and 30’s, there was an outbreak of tuberculosis at the penitentiary.  During this time, more inmates died of TB than any other cause at the prison.   Walk the TB and medical wards and witness some of the surgical and dental equipment still residing in the prison.

EVENING EXPLORATION:  Needless to say, West Virginia Penitentiary is renowned for its paranormal activity.  Here's your chance to spend two nights exploring the prison for paranormal activity. We will be dividing the penitentiary into 4 sections. We will also be dividing the attendees into 4 groups. Friday night, each group will have access to 2 sections of the prison (3 hours each section). On Saturday night, the groups will switch and have access for the other 2 sections of the prison. Some paranormal equipment will available for your use.  However, we highly suggest that you bring your own cameras, recorders, paranormal equipment and flashlight. This event is designed for the serious, experience paranormal explorer.

Before the event, all attendees are required to complete a Paranormal License Agreement and Waiver of Liability and Rules Agreement.   These will be distributed at the event.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  We have arranged for a group, discounted room rate of $112.00 per night plus tax at the Sleep Inn & Suites in Moundsville.  You will need to call them directly to make a reservation and be sure to mention that you are with the "Spirited Events by Jofa" event to get the discount.  The hotel is about a 5 minute drive from the prison.   This non-smoking hotel offers a free hot breakfast, free WiFi, free weekday newspaper, guest laundry facilities, fitness and business center and free parking.  

Phone: (304) 810-4000

Address:  8 Walmart Drive, Moundsville, WV

Feel free to arrive the afternoon of May 5, 2017.  Check in is at 3pm.  You can then explore town, see the prison in the day or take a public tour of the prison.  Be sure to nap before the all-night experiences.  After each night, we return to the hotel.  We will be given a late check-out time of 12 noon on Sunday.  (they may be able to give us a later checkou,t but they won’t know until the day of arrival). 

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All cancellations made prior to April 1, 2017 will be refunded all money paid less $50 processing fee.  All cancellations made after April 1, 2017 will forfeit all money paid.

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West Virginia Penitentiary 

Paranormal Experience 



Friday, May 5, 2017 AND  

Saturday, May 6, 2017  


11:59pm to 6:00am each night  


West Virginia Penitentiary  

818 Jefferson Avenue   

Moundsville, WV  



​​(Advanced Registration is Required)  




 Attendees must provide their own  

transportation to and from the prison.