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A Message from Mayor Karos

The City of Martinsburg, recognized as the "fastest growing City in the State" is known as the "Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley." Located in the heart of the Eastern Panhandle, the City serves as the county seat to Berkeley County.

The City of Martinsburg is proud of the services provided to residents and businesses and its recognition of housing and commercial developments. Downtown revitalization, interstate/highway corridor commerce and agricultural activity, along with strong community values and commitment, open the "welcome" mat for visitors and companies looking to locate in our wonderful City. Recent developments in infrastructure improvements (water, sewer and highways) and growth through annexation will allow Martinsburg to continue to be the leader in the Quad-State area.

The City of Martinsburg is experiencing economic growth due to its proximity to Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metropolitan areas, yet offers the serenity of small town living. The City of Martinsburg also provides for several recreational, cultural and arts activities. War Memorial Park, in particular, is host to swimming, entertainment and fairs and festivals throughout the year. Several other parks provide for youth activities as well. The Apollo Theatre, The Arts Centre, Belle Boyd House, Adam Stephen House and the Apple Harvest Festival provide for year-round culture and arts, historic sites and tourism for the community and visitors.

The City of Martinsburg is pleased to provide an opportunity for citizens to communicate electronically and participate in their local government. The City of Martinsburg is located in the heart of downtown at 232 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25401. For inquiries or questions you may contact City Hall at (304) 264-2131.

Sincerely,

Mayor George Karos

Area Information

POPULATION (2016 estimates)
City of Martinsburg: 18,262
Berkeley County: 113,525

AREA SIZE
City of Martinsburg: 6.67 square miles
Berkeley County: 322 square miles

NEARBY CITIES
Washington DC: ~78 miles
Baltimore, MD: ~90 miles
Winchester, VA: ~25 miles
Hagerstown, MD: ~21 miles

Historic Sites

The Adam Stephen House

Built of native limestone in the late 1770’s to early 1780’s, theAdam Stephen House is a fine example of colonial stone architecture. The land on which the house was constructed was purchased by Adam Stephen in 1770 as part of a 255-acre tract. The house has been restored and is furnished with period pieces.

Adjoining it is the Triple Brick Museum built in 1874 and rented out as housing to railroad workers. In early records, it was listed as the "Tribble (Triple) House" or "the brick house divided into three dwellings."

The building now contains a museum of artifacts and memorabilia of life in old Martinsburg. Items on permanent exhibit include early surveying equipment, flax and wool spinning wheels, quilts, railroad items, and various items related to the industrial, social, and cultural history of the town from the 1800s to the early 1900s.


The Adam Stephen House
Belle Boyd
Childhood Home of Belle Boyd

Visit the childhood home of Belle Boyd, a Confederate spy. This stalwart young woman crossed military lines several times to pass information to General Stonewall Jackson during the Civil War.  In a relevant career change after the war, Belle Boyd became an actress who often played femme fatale roles. The Belle Boyd House also serves as the county’s historical museum and is the location of the county Visitors Center.

The Berkeley County Historical Society Archives Center, located next door to the Belle Boyd house, has a wealth of photographs, family records, maps, books, microfiche and more, in a collection that includes family portraits, architectural subjects, industry & events in the history of Berkeley County and surrounding areas.  Additionally, there is an extensive, searchable database of People Photographs that will aid the family genealogist or researcher.

The B & O Roundhouse

Step back in time at one of the oldest functioning commuter rail stations, the B & O Roundhouse and Caperton Train Station. Imagine able-bodied men running to protect the Federal Arsenal at Harpers Ferry from John Brown or the men yelling and the flames raging as General Jackson’s troops destroyed this vital complex during the Civil War. 

After it was rebuilt only a few years later, the railroads became necessary to the North and became one of the reasons that a new state – West Virginia – was carved from the Confederate state of Virginia. The area became host to more controversy in 1877 when the first major labor strike in the nation occurred here. Today, the buildings are being restored and utilized for various events including a children’s museum. The train station is located between Martin and Race streets in Martinsburg and serves as a stop for the Amtrak and MARC train line.

Roundhouse
Museum
For the Kids, By George Museum

For the Kids, By George, where the past has never been more exciting for children!

Located inside the historic Caperton Train Station, For the Kids, By George is a hands-on, high-touch, total immersion experience for children as they travel through time and explore 300+ years of local history. Visit a Tuscarora Native American village, explore with George Washington and operate a train station. Enjoy recreating a downtown building in the LEGO® room.



Historic site information courtesy of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Cnvention and Visitors Bureau.

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