New event celebrates Martinsburg's heritage

May 11, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -Two traditionally May events that celebrate Martinsburg's history are being combined this year into Heritage Day on Saturday, May 13.

Founder's Day at the Adam Stephen House and Belle Boyd's birthday celebration at the Belle Boyd House have been held during May weekends, said Keith Hammersla, curator at the Adam Stephen House.

Stephen was the founder of Martinsburg and Boyd was a famous Confederate spy.

Officials with the General Adam Stephen Memorial Association and Berkeley County Historical Society decided to join the two events to co-sponsor Heritage Day and attract more visitors, Hammersla said.

The Adam Stephen House, Triple Brick Museum, and a nearby natural limestone tunnel will be open for guided tours as will the Belle Boyd House and its rose and herb gardens.


Free trolley rides will be offered between the two museums and to the nine historic districts of Martinsburg.

Living history demonstrations will represent the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War and Civil War periods at both sites. There will be live music as well. Children's games will be held at the Adam Stephen House site.

A sneak preview of The Apollo Civic Theatre's "Seussical" will be presented at the Adam Stephen House and lunch foods will be sold on the house's grounds. Free birthday cake will be available at the Belle Boyd House.

If you go ...

WHAT: Heritage Day

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13

WHERE: Grounds of the Adam Stephen House, 309-313 E. John St., and Belle Boyd House, 126 E. Race St., Martinsburg, W.Va.COST: Free.

DIRECTIONS: From Hagerstown, take Interstate 81 south to exit 13 for Martinsburg, King Street.

To get to Adam Stephen House, go through town. Turn right on Queen Street. Go one block and turn left on John Street. From there, follow the detour signs to the Adam Stephen House.

To get to Belle Boyd House, go through town on King Street. Turn left on Queen Street. Take the third right onto Race Street. Belle Boyd House will be on the right.

MORE: For more information, call the Berkeley County Historical Society at 1-304-267-4713 or go to or call the General Adam Stephen Memorial Association at 1-304-267-4434 or go to

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