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Reception to be held at Belle Boyd's home

August 15, 1997

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Confederate spy Belle Boyd won't be there, but the Berkeley County Historical Society will have a reasonable facsimile this Sunday when it hosts a reception marking the five-year anniversary of the society's purchase of her home.

Cindy Geppi of Baltimore will portray Boyd at the open house, which runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Renay Conlin, the commissioner of West Virginia's Department of Culture and History, is also expected for the event.

Boyd's father built the house at 126 E. Race St. in 1853. The family lived there about three years before financial reverses forced them to move. None of Belle Boyd's other homes in Berkeley County are still standing.

Historical Society President Don Woods said this house was saved from the bulldozer in 1992 when the society purchased it for $85,000. Woods said about $50,000 worth of restoration has been done to the two-story brick home since then.

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It now serves as the historical society's headquarters.

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