Insane, Old and Forgotten  LbNA # 23617 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerAdoptable    
Placed DateJul 9 2006
CountyLewis
LocationWeston, WV
Boxes1
Found By H4 (h-cubed)
Last Found Nov 10 2006
StatusFFFFFaaaa  
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THIS BOX HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY PULLED FOR REPAIRS! 1-16-07 HOPEFULLY WILL BE REPLANTED BY THE END OF JANUARY.


DRIVE BY BOX!

Weston State Hospital:

Weston State Hospital was an insitution for the insane or mental patients. The stones were carved from blue sandstone. It is the largest hand carved stone building in North America. The state of Virginia began construction on what was to become their third such hospital. The Civil War began in 1861. Western Virginia stayed with the Union and became the 35th state on June 20, 1863. The hospital opened in 1864 and was completed in 1880. The hospital closed in 1994 as a result of declining patient population and the opening of a smaller modern hospital. The building remains vacant. Tours were recently stopped by order of the fire marshall. The grounds are off-limits. For more information visit http://westonlandmark.com

Directions:
From I-79 take exit 96 (South Weston) Go towards Weston on Route 19 North. As you enter town the road splits into two one-way streets. You will be on Center Street. See clues for the remainder of directions.

CLUES:

The streets that run perpendicular to Center Street are numbered.

Traveling on Center Street turn left onto the street that is named for the only even prime number.

Pass over a river named for an eating utensil.

Turn left into the municipal parking lot named after a Confederate Civil War General (His boyhood home is in Lewis County)

Park close to the walking bridge that crosses the river.

Walk to the bridge. Put your back to the river and admire the remains of the Weston State Hospital.

When done turn and look at the river. Just to the right of the walking bridge is a silver metal fence running parallel with the river.

On the river side of this fence is a stump. At the very bottom of this stump you will find the letterbox under a rock and piece of brick.

Enjoy the stamp which is my first try at carving. Not bad for a twelve year old! The stamp is rather large. You may want to take a large ink pad or water based markers.

To return to I-79 cross the river again and turn right onto Main Street. This rejoins Rt 19 south and will take you back to the exit. If traveling North you can also follow the signs for Rt. 33 East which will take you to exit 99.

Check back later as this may expand into a series and more old and forgotten boxes may be added throughout the town of Weston.