The Mountain Women Series

For those who like to hold a book

Here is number 5 in the Mountain Women Series, just released in paperback: 


The Boardinghouse is also available from Amazon for Kindle. You don’t need to own a Kindle e-reader; you can get a free Kindle app for your tablet, computer, or phone.

Mental Illness, The Mountain Women Series, West Virginia tourist attractions

The old lunatic asylum

—In several books of the Mountain Women Series I’ve mentioned the Weston State Hospital in West Virginia, (formerly the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum), now closed.

In its early years, reasons for committing people to that institution were often sad, capricious and downright criminal. The attached image, which I copied from a brochure, shows a list of some of those reasons. Take a look. They’re hard to believe!


Today the facility is a tourist attraction. See it at