The Tug Valley Area CVB has announced that cable televion show Destination Fear will conclude its second season with an episode highlighting the Old Hospital on College Hill. The season finale will air next at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, on the Travel Channel.
According to Tug Valley CVB Executive Director Wes Wilson, the episode summary states: "(Host) Dakota has saved the best for last as the team rolls up to an abandoned West Virginia hospital. Known for its brutal deaths and grisly amputations, the blood-stained grounds have a chilling prescription in store for them that may shatter the team forever.”
The Old Hospital on College Hill was recently purchased by Williamson residents Tonya Webb and Sabrina Hatfield. The two women are wanting the property to become a tourism destination in Mingo County. Their plans currently call for the old hospital to be open in February 2021.
“We are extremely excited about this new adventure and what it will mean not only to the City of Williamson but to the state of West Virginia as well.” Webb said. “By adding another attraction to the area, our hope is that will it help stimulate the economy by bringing visitors from all over the world, and maybe even inspire others to take a leap and open unique businesses that would benefit the community.
“We are very honored that the Travel Channel and Destination Fear picked The Old Hospital on College Hill as their season finale. To be able to have national exposure and reach an audience such as theirs, is just phenomenal,” she continued. “We appreciate their interest in our area and are looking forward to watching the show.”
Wilson echoed the excitement of Webb and Hatfield.
“What this single show will do for our area is indescribable. Since the paranormal tours started at the Old Hospital on College Hill in 2018, we received countless phone calls from folks whose curiosity was exploding in regards the historic structure,” Wilson said. “It has always been a goal of the CVB to attract a major network and a national television audience to highlight a true gem of our area. We’re beyond thankful for the opportunity and look forward to the great positive attention this will bring the Tug Valley for years to come.”
Destination Fear, which airs on the Travel Channel, is billed as “a haunted road trip” as the show’s stars travel across the country in an RV. The show is hosted by the brother and sister team Dakota and Chelsea Laden and best friend Tanner Wiseman. Alex Schroeder serves as cameraman for the show. Each week the group confronts their fears and pursues paranormal evidence by spending the night inside America’s most haunted abandoned buildings.