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Martinsburg to show homes

September 07, 2000

Martinsburg to show homes



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A county already known for its number of historic homes will show off six of them during a tour Saturday and Sunday.

The Berkeley County Historical Society will sponsor the second annual tour, said Don Wood, president of the society.

"It's both educational, showing the history of the area, and it's a good fundraiser," Woods said. Last year, the tour attracted about 800 people, he said.

Of the six homes on the driving tour this year, two were built by the Quaker of Friends Society. Both have histories that stretch back before Berkeley County was formed in 1772.

Three other houses were built by three generations of the Pitzer family between 1775 and 1856.

The sixth house was built in the mid 1700s by Zaquill Morgan, who later founded Morgantown.

Berkeley County has 2,000 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wood said.

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"That's far more than any other county in the state," he said. Houses are eligible for listing if they are 50 years old or older.

"The listing is based on age, architecture, did something important happen there or did somebody prominent live there,' Wood said. Owners can get state and federal tax write-offs for renovation of buildings on the register, he said.

Many of the buildings are located in the county's 14 historic districts - seven in Martinsburg and seven in the county itself.

Wood appeared before The Berkeley County Commission Thursday asking for grant money to help do the research on six other houses that are seeking to be listed.

GOING ON TOUR


Anyone wishing to tour the six houses can do so between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Brochures can be picked up at the historical society, 126 E. Race St. The cost is $10 for the entire tour; $3 to visit an individual home.

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