True to the adage of “home is where the heart is,” the city of Martinsburg offers a serene small-town lifestyle in the heart of the Eastern Panhandle. Interestingly, this county seat to Berkeley County was once a rural industrial town. Now, it’s recognized as West Virginia’s fastest-growing city as its economic growth is evident with its infrastructure developments, retail areas, recreational spots, and work opportunities.
It’s also called the Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley, enjoy the best of both the surrounding areas: countryside and metropolitan. It’s also proximal with other cities and neighboring states such as Winchester, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland metropolitan areas like Baltimore and Hagerstown. Yet, comparatively, you can have a high quality of life at a low cost of living. Even the real estate options are more affordable than the housing options in and around the D.C. area.
Both locals and visitors alike of Martinsburg have easy access to U.S. Route 11 runs through the middle of town. In addition to U.S. Route 11, residents also enjoy access to Interstate 81 runs along the northern side of Martinsburg. Options for public transportation include MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) and Amtrak as the most convenient mode for an interstate commute. The buses are also another way of going around town and into nearby counties.
But getting around Martinsburg shouldn’t be only about finding your next treasured home. Channel your inner modernized Indiana Jones and get your smartphone and GPS all set. You’re into an unforgettable adventure in the United States’ top city for geocaching. In case you haven’t tried this feat, geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt that combines the use of technology and the outdoors that engages folks through GPS tracking and clues to find cache boxes. You get to choose among the different challenging trails depending on your experience levels.
On the other hand, for history buffs, Martinsburg delivers. There are over a thousand historical places of interest in the city. Civil war buffs should stop over at the modest Belle Boyd House. Travel back in time, when the city was a center of the railroad industry and its workers, through the impressive B&O Roundhouse. This locomotive facility is gigantic and can accommodate 16 steam engines. No wonder it’s a National Historic Engineering Landmark. Other go-to historical sites are General Adam Stephen House, Berkeley County Courthouse, and Old Norbourne Cemetery.
When it comes to culture and arts entertainment, the old and new blend harmoniously. The Apollo Civic Theatre has enjoyed a loyal following since 1914. Across generations, guests revel in its play, musical or seasonal special. Fast forward to 2007, Joe Santoro has been entertaining the kids and kids at heart at the Wonderment Puppet Theater with six original shows a year.
And all year round, Downtown Martinsburg offers shopping and dining choices. As exciting as the national retailers in town, so do the local businesses. These businesses continue to strengthen the economic base of the local community. Taste the world flavors with the city’s dining landscape and casual scene. What’s more, you may encounter resto owners personally attending to your orders.
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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.