Berkeley County Historical Society
|The Berkeley County Museum is owned and operated by the Berkeley County Historical Society in the
historic Belle Boyd House located on East Race Street in Martinsburg, West Virginia. In 1992, the
Society with the generous initial donations of Mr. Boyd H. Mason, saved the building from the
wrecking ball. Many more donations, large and small, have been made since that time to continue what
was begun nearly 20 years ago. Today the house stands as a timeless and effective reminder to
county residents, and the nation, of all Berkeley County has seen since its inception in 1772.
Read more about the history of the house HERE.
Come inside the Belle Boyd House; on the right of the entry hall is the original ball room decorated in
Victorian style as it would have been in the late 1800's. This is the only room in the house decorated
as living quarters. Meetings, receptions, and seminars take place here. If your group is interested in
utilizing our ball room space, please contact us. Through the door on the far side of the room, step
into the Ben Boyd store. This space was originally built by Benjamin Boyd in 1850 and housed the
General Store that he ran for five years. Read more about the offerings in the Ben Boyd Store HERE.
To the left of the entry hall is the First Parlor. Here, the society generally curates items related to the
Civil War in Berkeley County. In the second parlor as well as the original kitchen we have long term
rotating collections on display. Current collections are listed at the top of this page.
On the second floor of the house we have a room dedicated to all wars except the Civil War and
World War II, with items donated to the Society by county residents or descendants. Our newly
renovated Black History Room is a work in progress. Belle Boyd, the industrial history of
Martinsburg, fashion and early toys fill other rooms. One room is dedicated to items harkening back to
the days of World War II. Another room holds items related to President Abraham Lincoln and his
connection to Berkeley County through his former law partner and body guard, Ward Hill Lemon as
well as the Kings Daughters Hospital..
Special displays are arranged in the museum throughout the year. Check our EVENTS page for details.
Please take note that we now have a $5 entry fee for all those visitors who are 18 years and older.
Members are Free!
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Call Us: 304 267 4713
The Berkeley County Historical Society receives mail at: Please visit our offices at:
P.O. Box 1624, Martinsburg, WV 25402-1624 136 East Race Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
|Currently on Display - 1862: The Civil War in Martinsburg
Depression Glass: from the collections of Don & Dorrene
Hale, Thornton Hilleary, Nancy Crouse, Laura Faircloth
and Katherine Genung
newly expanded Hack Wilson collection brought to us by