An intimate “town” where everyone knows everyone, welcome to Inwood. This welcoming community in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is home to about 3,000 residents in Berkeley County with friendly longtime locals. A perfect area for your next home if you’re looking for inexpensive housing in an area with a small-town appeal and great hospitality.
Not only does a quiet lifestyle awaits you here in this Census-Designated Place. It has a strategic location south of Martinsburg in the lower Shenandoah Valley allowing residents to be close to Washington D.C. and North Virginia. Also situated on U.S. Route 11 and other major thoroughfares, it’s a short drive away to other neighboring cities such as Charles Town and Martinsburg.
Inwood has a long history dating back to the late 1880s. Formerly called Gerrard, the town has two versions as to how it got its name. Named after Inwood Park or "the park in the woods". This was a resort established on the property of the Strong family of South Berkeley County, coinciding with the arrival of the Cumberland Valley Railroad extension.
On the other hand, the story has to do when Jonathan Newton Thatcher, of then Gerrard, wanted to open a post office in the town. But the Washington D.C. post authorities told him to rename the town of Gerrard since it would conflict with mail going to Gerrardstown, a town 4 miles west. A lightbulb moment happened when his cousin from Inwood, California, showed him a letter with his home address on it, he decided to use the name, Inwood. In 1890 the Inwood Post Office opened.
In 1920, the C.H. Musselman Company opened an apple processing plant in Inwood, owing to the numerous apple orchards in town and surrounding areas. In the latter part of the decade, the Musselman plant had become the first apple processing plant to produce apple sauce. All of this was significant to Inwood’s establishment and growth.
Here’s another bit of fascinating trivia and strange technicality about this “town”. As mentioned earlier, it is a Census-Designated Place or CDP makes it technically not a town. The U.S. Census Bureau assigned this term to communities that resemble cities but lack incorporation or any sort of municipal government. These include small rural communities, unincorporated resorts, and retirement communities.
Currently, Inwood is still growing with development constructions like new roads and roundabouts and a Procter & Gamble center. There are many independent living, senior apartments, and retirement communities too.
The town also boasts of cool shops, produce stands, and a farmer's market called Taylor’s. Aside from the delicious local produce you can find in this market, it also showcases a variety of local crafts and jams.
There are several dining options available whether you fancy a fast food restaurant or a local food joint. Try visiting Viva Mexico, King's Pizza, and The Dining Room. You can also try the locals' favorite frozen custard stand along the town's main stretch.
The South Berkeley Christmas Parade is also one of the books in this charming town. And when it comes to community-related activities, the Musselman High School is actively involved in the events.
If these are what you’re looking for in your next home, we at ERA Liberty Realty are always there for you to assist you in your home buying. Let’s talk!
A highly-developed transportation network of the three counties of the Eastern Panhandle and first settled areas of West Virginia, Berkeley is in the heart of this beautiful region. The county invites you to “find community and explore the opportunity.” Explore its natural beauty, intriguing history, charming small town-living, and the diverse business community.
The second-most populous of West Virginia's 55 counties, this county has so much to offer. See what’s in store 90 miles near Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Two major interstate highways – Interstate 81 plies from north to south and Interstate 70 runs from east to west – link Berkeley County to the entire country.
Its unique mix of convenient transportation, access to quality education, and a distinguished healthcare system provide a strategic position for more growth. Plus the vast undeveloped landscape of Berkeley County makes it favorable for significant career opportunities. It’s no surprise that the county has been the state’s business hub.
The ideal conditions of the county make the housing industry thrive – scenic views, low cost of living, and favorable location. There have been continuous property developments along I-81 and small business comeback in downtown Martinsburg.
Serving as the seat of Berkeley County, Martinsburg is the largest city in the Eastern Panhandle. Located at the gateway to Shenandoah Valley, it is accessible to urban conveniences while maintaining the harmony of a small-town community. Other communities in Berkeley include Hedgesville town, Census-Designated Places of Inwood and Falling Waters, and 40 unincorporated communities such as Gerrardstown.
Recognized as the “fastest-growing city” in the state, Martinsburg has something for everyone. It welcomes visitors with its war stories, historical landmarks. Yet it will also fascinate with fun festivals, modern entertainment, outdoor recreation, and vibrant shopping and dining experiences.
Stopover at Morgan Cabin, the home of the first white settlers in West Virginia. Or the childhood home turned historical museum Belle Boyd House. Marvel at the colonial stone architecture of General Adam Stephen’s House.
There are unique historical sites in the area that are included in the Washington Heritage Trail driving tour. Or learn more action not found in history books while exploring the Civil War Trail.
Nature calls in Berkeley County. Create your adventure in whatever outside playground you choose. Enjoy hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, paddling, fishing, and even hunting at the 28,000-acre Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area. Go on a modern-day treasure hunt with Geocaching as you navigate the county using GPS coordinates.
Berkeley county is inspired by creativity, artists, and makers. You can’t even spell Martinsburg without the art! Watch a play at the cultural landmark Apollo Civic Theatre. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind puppet show at the Wonderment Puppet Theater.
Mark your calendars for these top festivals. June is for Circa Blue Fest and Geocaching Trail and GeoTour. August offers the Berkeley County Youth Fair. While in September, there’s Fall Farm Fun Days in Orr’s Farm Market.
From fine dining to farm to table and even fusion, Berkeley County provides good eats and good times. Indulge in local or world flavors, beer or wine, you’re fine and covered here.
Take home "distinctly West Virginia" memories as you shop local in the county. Find that perfect something at Defluri's Fine Chocolates or The West Virginia Glass Outlet.
There were 18 homes sold in Inwood in August 2021. The average sales price was $253,750. The average days on the market was 5.