The Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum's first Civil War weekend got underway on Sunday with plenty of reenactors dotting the front lawn, a building that was brand new in the 1860s.
"The building itself was not fully completed, but sections of it was by the time the Civil War broke out, and it was actually being used by the North and South during the Civil War as barracks," said TALA employee Sarah Loughrie.
Reenactors came from far and wide to enjoy the weekend. Susan Cross Foy is a Belington resident, and she's happy to see locations like these embracing its history even more.
"I'm really glad the asylum is sponsoring more events, and with West Virginia's unique history, and the unique history of the asylum. This was a wonderful way to celebrate both," said Foy.
Loughrie works at the asylum year round. She said this weekend is different from many other reenactments because they're trying to keep a local focus on events surrounding both the asylum, and Weston as a whole.
"Not only are we highlighting the Civil War and everything it entails, but we're bringing so much more to it. We're bringing different actors, plays, our own little bit of history itself, so it makes it more personal and more about this area than the Civil War in general," said Loughrie.
Foy was enjoying the weekend, taking the chance to show off her wares for ladies of the period. She hopes to see more events like this to help preserve the state's unique heritage.
"Parking lots and Wal-Marts have taken over a lot of our historic battlefield sites, and I would like for people just to support and enjoy and respect," Foy said.
The asylum offers regular tours highlighting its Civil War history. For more information, call (304) 269-5070 or check out their website here.