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Martinsburg children's museum sets regular hours beginning in Sept.

August 14, 2013
  • In this Herald-Mail file photo, driving force Jim Castleman watches children at play, including six-year-old Lauren Cooke, inside the 1850s room of the Immersion Galleries in the For the Kids by George Children's Museum at Caperton Station in Martinsburg, W.Va. Castleman, project manager for the new museum, said Wednesday that the museum plans to be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A children’s museum in downtown Martinsburg aims to maintain regular hours beginning in September.

Jim Castleman, the project manager of the For the Kids by George Children’s Museum, said Wednesday that the museum plans to be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Shortly after being dedicated and opened in May, the museum had abandoned a plan to be open regularly on Saturdays due to a lack of visitors and volunteer docents.

The heritage-focused museum, located in the city’s train station at 229 E. Martin St., is part of an interpretive site for the Washington Heritage Trail, a 136-mile scenic byway that meanders through five 18th-century towns in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

The trail incorporates more than 40 historical sites and tourist attractions in the three Eastern Panhandle counties.

Aside from the regular hours, individuals can still call in advance to reserve museum tours, according to Castleman.  

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Eight years in the making, the museum’s exhibits highlight George Washington’s ties to the Eastern Panhandle, the role of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and postwar industrialization.

The museum features a lifelike statue of a young George Washington paddling a canoe; a projection theater and 3-D map; train models and artifacts; a Lego model of 1920s-era streetscape; and a 3-D bike simulation theater that takes riders on the three-county heritage trail.

Those interested in making reservations to tour the museum may call 304-264-9977 or contact them through Facebook at www.facebook.com/ForTheKidsByGeorgeMuseum.

— Matthew Umstead

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