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Saturday is Heritage Day in Martinsburg

May 06, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A documentary that chronicles Martinsburg's history and the 1994 film "Lassie" will be shown Saturday evening at the historic Boydville estate as part of Martinsburg Heritage Day activities, the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced Monday.

The documentary "Road Trip to History" will be shown outdoors on a large screen at 8 p.m., followed by the family film featuring the famed fictional collie.

Admission is free and includes a bag of popcorn.

Those attending the films are encouraged to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs. A rain date for the viewing is scheduled for May 10.

Also on Saturday, the public is invited to take part in National Train Day events at the Washington Heritage Trail Welcome Center & Bookshop on the Porch at Caperton Station and the Martinsburg Roundhouse Center.

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Free tours of the historic B&O roundhouse and machine shops will be provided by volunteer staff from the Caperton Station pedestrian bridge at East Martin Street.

Live entertainment, hot dogs and soft drinks will be available, according to Jim Castleman of the Washington Heritage Trail Welcome Center.

An Amtrak official will be demonstrating Amtrak's Quik-Trak self service ticketing machine at Caperton Station and hats, buttons, stickers will be available for kids of all ages, Castleman said in a news release.

Trolley rides will be offered from the home of Confederate spy Belle Boyd (near the train station) to Martinsburg founder Gen. Adam Stephen house and Boydville, a 1812 circa estate spared by direct order of President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.

For more information contact Castleman at 304-264-9977.

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