Berkeley County Historical Society  
The Berkeley County Historical Society is staffed by volunteers; local members who are
interested in history and interested in helping you discover the rich history of Berkeley County
West Virginia.  Since we are an all-volunteer organization, it is recommended that if you are
coming from out-of-town, give us a call ahead of time to confirm that will have someone
available to assist you whether you are coming to research or to see the home of the notorious
Civil War spy, Belle Boyd.

The Archives & Research Center houses the BCHS offices as well as our research library.  
The Belle Boyd House houses the Berkeley County Museum.  Our storage facility is not open
to the public.  All parts of the BCHS complex are open seasonally.  We also observe all Federal
and State holidays.  Please see our
Home Page for days closure announcements.

Archives & Research Center Hours are 10AM to 4PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  
We are closed on Federal and State Holidays.  We also close for Thanksgiving week and an
extended period around Christmas and New Years.  If you are visiting in those seasons, please
call first.

The Berkeley County Museum at the Belle Boyd House is open from Heritage Day in
May (usually the Saturday before Mother's Day) through end of September - on Fridays and
ONLY; 10AM to 4PM.  If you have a group that would like to visit at another time,
please call to make arrangements at least 2 weeks in advance.  
In 2012 the BCHS Board voted
to institute a $5.00 entry fee for all adults 18 and over.

MAP:  This map will orient you to downtown Martinsburg -

and once you're downtown, this map shows you our particulars -

Driving Directions:

If you are coming to Martinsburg, driving North or South on I-81:

Take the exit for King Street (east) to Martinsburg.  Follow this route through
the well established residential area known as " " (noting the 25 MPH speed
limit).  You will pass through 3 traffic lights; and the fourth light is at the
intersection with Queen Street.  Turn left onto Queen Street.  You will pass
through two traffic lights; and the third light is at the intersection with Race
Street.  Turn right onto Race Street.  
PARKING:  If you are visiting the Belle
Boyd House, you may want to use the metered on-street parking on your
right.  If you are visiting the Archives & Research Center, continue down the
hill, passing the Belle Boyd House, the intersection with Spring Street, the
Herb Garden and the front of the Archives and Research Center.  Race Street
blends into the parking for the train station on
the right (bear right, around the corner -
keeping in mind that this is for
).  Parking spaces on your imme-
diate right are
NOT for BCHS - they are
PERMIT ONLY for the train station.  
Turn into the
small parking lot between the
two red brick buildings
on the right - this is
the BCHS Lot.  The entrance faces east on
the back portion of the building
(see photo).

If you are coming to Martinsburg, from Shepherdstown:

Take WV/45 west to Martinsburg.  At the intersection with Route 9 turn left.  
Follow past the fire hall and down under the railroad overpass.  As you are
coming up the hill, Commerce Street is on the left.  Turn left onto Commerce
- turning left on Race Street from this direction is not permitted - and follow
Commerce around the GM dealership to its intersection with Race Street.  At
the STOP sign you will be able to see the Belle Boyd House on your right and
the Archives & Research Center to your left (across the street).  Follow
parking directions as set forth above.

If you are coming to Martinsburg from the Charles Town area:

Take the new WV/9 west to Martinsburg and exit at Queen Street/Rt. 9.  
Follow the directions for coming from I-81 from the intersection of King and
Queen Streets.
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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  
Visiting from out of town?
We highly recommend
calling in advance
Due to a reduced number of
volunteers we frequently close or
close early