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ABOUT BERKELEY COUNTY

Mixing history and culture with recreation and leisure, Berkeley County offers many opportunities to explore your passions ... or help you find new ones.

West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle is rich with history and culture, from the mineral springs in Berkeley Springs to Harpers Ferry, where John Brown staged the raid that triggered the Civil War. Every city and town in this region has a story to tell. Old opera houses, antique shops, train stations, and quaint inns grace our communities and give our area that old time feeling. Berkeley County was a pivotal location during the Civil War, beneficial to both the North and the South because the B&O Railroad main line ran through Martinsburg. The B&O Railroad Roundhouse was the destroyed by Stonewall Jackson’s troops and was later rebuilt, giving birth to a post-war industrial boom. Many other buildings in Martinsburg have historical significance, from Belle Boyd House, originally the home of a notorious female Confederate spy, to Snodgrass Tavern in Hedgesville, one of the oldest buildings in the State of West Virginia. To learn more about the history of our area, visit the Berkeley County Historical Society.






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