The Berkeley County Historical Society was originally established before the Great Depression. Revitalized in the late 1960s, we purchased and restored the 1853 Greek Revival home of Civil War spy, Belle Boyd; where the Berkeley County Museum is now located. The Society also owns and maintains the Archives and Research Center, open by appointment only.
The Berkeley County Museum houses exhibits relevant to Berkeley County history and culture. Permanent exhibits include Industry, Fashions, Military, Black History, Belle Boyd and her family and Jewish Community. Periodically, temporary exhibits on other aspects of county history are featured on subjects such as Medicine, Photography, Toys, historic houses and buildings and other subjects. Check Facebook for announcements of new exhibits. The museum is located at 126 East Race Street and is open Sunday thru Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau is located on the first floor.
Archives and Research Center is open by appointment only. Unfortunately, our small all-volunteer staff is unable to provide adequate assistance to walk-ins. We provide two ways of accessing research materials: 1. Make an appointment for an on-site visit at $30/hour by appointment only. 2. Request a staff member to research for you at $30/hour, minimum two hours. This arrangement is necessary for good customer service as well as for the security of our archival collections. The research fee also allows the Society to operate the museum and pay the bills.