Where to Go, What to Know
Writer Kathy Legg recently toured the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, W.Va. Here is her reporter's notebook.
About 4 hours from the Beltway
$30 for the asylum tour
From the Capital Beltway, take Interstate 270 north to I-70 west. Exit I-70 onto I-68 west. At Morgantown, W.Va., turn south on I-79 to Weston, Exit 99. Turn left on Route 33 west and follow it into town. The asylum is at Route 33 and River Avenue.
WHAT TO DO
Tour the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (71 Asylum Dr., Weston, 304-269-5070). Go to http:/
Visit the Jackson's Mill Historic Area (800-287-8206, http:/
At Appalachian Glass (499 U.S. Hwy. 33 E., Weston, 304-269-1030, http:/
Philippi, about 35 miles from Weston at routes 119 and 250, is the home of the Philippi mummies, two hospital patients whose unclaimed bodies were given to Philippi embalmer Graham Hamrick in 1888. (He was attempting to perfect an embalming technique.) The mummies repose at the Barbour County Historical Society Museum (200 N. Main St., Philippi, 304-457-4846) and may be viewed for $1.
WHERE TO EAT
The Second & Center Cafe (139 E. Second St., Weston, 304-517-1151) is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and offers soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps.
Hickory House Restaurant (1137 U.S. Hwy. 19 N., Jane Lew, 304-269-7373) is three miles from Weston and serves some of the best pulled-pork anywhere in the East; also good ribs and catfish.
WHERE TO STAY
For privacy and seclusion, there is Gobblers Ridge Lodge Bed and Breakfast (about 18 miles from Weston at 1125 Butchers Fork Rd., Linn, 304-462-4294, http:/