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W.Va. Roundhouse Authority to consider working with visitors bureau

March 14, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority on Wednesday is expected to consider a memorandum of understanding between the authority and the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The authority’s board meeting will be at 4 p.m. at the offices of Martin & Seibert LC, at 1453 Winchester Ave., according to a news release.

The Roundhouse Authority is a public corporation created by the West Virginia Legislature in 1999 to restore and reuse the historic B&O railroad shops complex in Martinsburg.

Andrea Ball, executive director of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the Roundhouse Authority has asked for help with tourism promotion and utilizing the complex for events.

“Our board will be reviewing the (memorandum of understanding) on (March 23),” Ball said.

The historic industrial site is where the first national strike of rail workers began in 1877. The cast iron-framed roundhouse in the three-building complex built after the Civil War is the sole surviving structure of its kind, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The restored brick shop complex that stands today replaced shop buildings that Confederate Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson ordered to be burned in 1862.

— Matthew Umstead

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