The Berkeley County Museum at the Belle Boyd House
Open Seven Days a Week
HONOR BOUND – Berkeley County Armed Services in Times of War and Peace
Come and visit the new military exhibit at the Berkeley County Museum at the Belle Boyd House. The exhibit presents the mission of the armed forces in Berkeley County. We are featuring never seen before uniforms from the United States Coast Guard and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, the new military history display presents information on all American wars from the Revolution to Afghanistan and how they relate to Berkeley County. The Coast Guard has three essential operation centers in Berkeley County. If you have ever wondered why the Coast Guard is here and what they do, check out this exhibit. Also find out the connection between the book and movie THE PERFECT STORM and the Coast Guard in Berkeley County.
Prohibition, Lawlessness, Moonshine and Flappers - 1920-1933
When national prohibition took effect in 1919, West Virginia and Berkeley County were already dry for five years under the Yost Act. Now that the Federal government was involved, a third layer of law enforcement was added to that of the state and local revenuers, sheriffs and constables. As in the rest of the country and state, Berkeley County was rife with moonshine stills, bootleggers and rumrunners. Read about and see what Prohibition was like in Berkeley County through photographs, documents, costumes, and objects exhibited on the second floor of the Belle Boyd House Museum.
Berkeley County has been the home of a variety of industries and businesses through the centuries. Water-powered mills were found on the various streams and creeks from the earliest settlement years. By 1810 there was a textile industry that continued through the next 180 years. Other industries included brick making, wagon and automobile manufacturing, brewing and distilling, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad repair shops, and the first commercial orchard established in the mid-1800s. Visit the exhibit and see photographs, manufactured products and other items used by the various industries in the county and learn about how these industries contributed to the development of Martinsburg and Berkeley County and the world.
Belle Boyd House Archaeology and Architecture
The BELLE BOYD HOUSE MUSEUM is also an artifact by itself. This exhibit tells about the house itself and the various additions and uses through time. Selected artifacts from the 2015 archaeological dig are on display including items from the period when the Boyd family occupied the house.
Jewish History Room
Although several Jewish settlers were in Berkeley County in 1790, the first major wave of Jewish immigration occurred in the 19th century from approximately 1840-1880. This was followed by a second wave from 1880-1930. Events in Russia and Eastern Europe prompted this second wave, and many of the Martinsburg prominent Jewish families were part of this migration. This exhibit tells the story of the Martinsburg Beth Jacob Synagogue and the community’s significant contributions to Martinsburg business, social and cultural life. Various artifacts, photographs, documents and maps illustrate the life of this small Jewish community here in Martinsburg.
Preserving Our Story - Berkeley County, West Virginia
136 East Race Street P.O. Box 1624 Martinsburg, WV 25402 - 1624