WESTON, W.Va. -- The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is planning a free Civil War Weekend featuring re-enactors, exhibits, firing demonstrations and storytellers at the sprawling Weston complex.
Actors will play historical figures including Gen. Thomas "Stonewall'' Jackson and one of West Virginia's founding fathers, Francis Pierpont.
Events Saturday include a dress-making workshop, bayonet drills, live music, letter readings, comedy performances and an evening ball. A Confederate soldiers' baseball game is set for Sunday.
Virginia legislators authorized construction of the hospital in 1858, and it began taking patients in 1864.
The hospital repeatedly changed hands during the Civil War, ending up with West Virginia when it became a separate state. Originally intended for 250 patients, it housed nearly 10 times that many during the 1950s.Known later as Weston Hospital, it closed in 1994.