Saturday was opening day for the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum this year. The asylum hosts historic and paranormal tours each year from late March until mid-November.
It was home to mental patients from the mid-1800s until 1994. This year staff has restored a single ward to show visitors what it would have been like to be a patient in the facility around 1900.
Operations Manager Rebecca Jordan-Gleason says her goal is for the asylum to help raise awareness about mental illness and how far treatments have come.
You have to remember that this place operated for 90 years without the assistance of any type of medication to combat the symptoms of mental illness,“ said Jordan-Gleason. “We really need to educate people on these types of facilities and the evolution of mental healthcare. Let people know what happened here. Basically that will help us from doing it again.“
The asylum plans to host special events for Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in the near future. For more information, visit trans-alleghenylunaticasylum.com.