Martinsburg-Berkeley County CVB
Martinsburg-Berkeley County CVB
126 East Race Street
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25401
History aficionados, patriots and shoppers alike will find hours of worthwhile attractions in Berkeley County, West Virginia. The rich history of the area links events from before the Revolutionary War through to the Civil War. Each tangible piece of history from the George Washington Heritage Trail to Morgan Cabin captivate groups and represent the American heritage of not “taking” history, but making it.
Groups can start their tour back at the birth of Berkeley County. At Morgan Cabin, the home of one of West Virginia’s first white settlers, Morgan Morgan, visitors can see what early American life was like and how each person carved out their own path. In Martinsburg, groups visit General Adam Stephen House to learn about the French and Indian War as well as the Revolutionary War as Stephen rose through the military’s ranks while serving in these wars. The George Washington Heritage Trail stretches across multiple counties in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, and just 45 minutes from Martinsburg groups connect with points of this historic trail. They can even visit George Washington’s famous outdoor bathtub.
As time went on, Berkeley County locals continued to make their own history, setting important Civil War events in their own backyards. In the neighboring community of Harpers Ferry, groups visit the site where abolitionist John Brown famously struck against the military before the war even began. The town is home to a National Historic Park featuring the armory’s surviving guardhouse, now named John Brown’s Fort. His assault on a military armory is by far the last Civil War-related upset groups can learn about in West Virginia. Groups can visit the Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse to see the site once destroyed by Stonewall Jackson’s troops in 1861. Men, of course, were not the only participants in this war. Evidence of this rests at the home of female Confederate spy Belle Boyd at the aptly named Belle Boyd House. The many historic sites are only a part of what makes the Berkeley area such an attractive stop for groups.
Stepping out of the past and into contemporary Martinsburg, groups find themselves in a peaceful and charming town. Martinsburg’s quaint downtown is lined with shops to satisfy every kind of shopping itch. The store windows shine with artisan décor, quality clothing, spa-quality luxuries and antiques only available in such a historic area. Touring groups find a selection of delicious food at Martinsburg’s many restaurants. Groups can decide between multitudes of world cuisines or simply go straight to dessert. Visits to DeFluris Fine Chocolate, Everything Cheesecake and Latte Da Cupcakery will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. For more eclectic shops and tasty eateries, groups head 10 minutes away to Shepherdstown. Groups visiting Shepherdstown find the only thing more alive than the local arts scene is the hospitality.
These opportunities and more wait for motorcoach tours visiting Berkeley County. For information on how to add Martinsburg-Berkeley County to an itinerary, visit travelwv.com, phone (304) 264-8801 or download the CVB’s free app, Visit Martinsburg, WV.