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Heritage Day in Martinsburg slated for Saturday

By Staff | May 15, 2012

The annual Martinsburg Heritage Day will be on Saturday, May 12, at various sites around the historic downtown area.

Explore the town’s history and enjoy exhibits, tours, speakers, demonstrations, vendors, food, entertainment and activities throughout the day, including:

“Adam Stephen Sprint” at 8:30 a.m., a run for families from the Adam Stephen House at 309 East John Street to the finish line in the new town square (registration required at the tent on East John Street below the Adam Stephen House starting at 8 a.m.).

Town Square Dedication will take place at 9 a.m., at the new town square with city and state officials. Entertainment will continue in the town square throughout the remainder of the day.

A Heritage Hike sponsored by Eastern Panhandle Trailblazers and Main Street Martinsburg will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with registration at the tent in the town square from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tours of historic sites are between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the following participating sites: Adam Stephen House and Tunnels, Aspen Hall, Belle Boyd House, Boydville, Caperton Station and Washington Heritage Trail Children’s Museum, Martinsburg Roundhouse, Sumner-Ramer Heritage Archives, Triple Brick Museum and Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The trolley will provide transportation between listed sites throughout the day.

Special exhibits include folk paintings inspired by Martinsburg History by Timothy Gasper at the Triple Brick Museum, clothing from the 1850s to the 1950s at Boydville, Depression glass at the Belle Boyd House and model train and garden train exhibits at the train station and roundhouse. Living history camps will include a French and Indian War camp at the Adam Stephen House and a Civil War camp at the Belle Boyd House.

Speakers will include Chris Cox talking about the War of 1812 at 11 a.m. at Boydville, Bob Savitt talking about early baseball leagues in Martinsburg at the Belle Boyd House at 1 p.m. and Mike Miller talking about local Baseball Hall of Fame celebrity “Hack” Wilson at the Belle Boyd House at 2 p.m. Leonard Harris and Paul Planchon will be on hand to talk about African-American history in Martinsburg at the Ramer Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and “Road Trip to History: Martinsburg” will be shown at the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 121 North Queen Street throughout the day.

Free parking will be available at the Caperton Station and in city parking lots and at meters on the streets. Admission to all locations is free, but donations will be accepted at all locations.

For more information, please contact the Adam Stephen House at 304-267-4434 or the Berkeley County Historical Society at 304-267-4713.