Martinsburg Heritage Day 2013
The annual Martinsburg Heritage Day will be celebrated on Saturday, May 11, 2013, 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.
Tours of historic sites are between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the following participating sites: Adam Stephen House & Tunnels, Aspen Hall, Berkeley County Museum at the Belle Boyd House, Boydville, Sumner-Ramer Heritage Archives, Triple Brick Museum, and Martinsburg Roundhouse. Admission to all locations is free unless otherwise noted, but donations will be accepted at all locations.
The trolley will be providing transportation between listed sites throughout the day. Free parking will be available at the Caperton Station and in City parking lots and at meters on the streets.
If you have questions, please contact the General Adam Stephen House at 304-267-4434 or individual participating locations.
A detailed SCHEDULE OF EVENTS is listed below:
7:30 or 9:30 a.m.: “Founding Fathers' Pancake Breakfast” at Trinity UMC, 220 W. Martin St, Martinsburg, WV. Choose your breakfast time at 7:30am or 9:30am. Tim Ballard, author of "The Covenant: One Nation Under God," will speak. His presentation on “George Washington and Our Founding Fathers' Faith” will begin at 8:30am. Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 25. Seating limit of 200; $15 per ticket. Pre-register at http://www.bsatroop25wv.eventbrite.com/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. If the event is not sold out, tickets will be available for $20 at the door. There will be an encore speaker presentation only (no breakfast included) at 11:00am for $12.
8:00-10:00 a.m.: Breakfast sold by the Sher Bears at the Jamfest in the East Burke Street parking lot.
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Jamfest 2013, sponsored by Relay for Life of Berkeley County and Main Street Martinsburg, in the East Burke Street parking lot in downtown Martinsburg, featuring lots of vendors, bands, and entertainment.
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Exhibit of Old Photographs of Downtown Martinsburg in the King Street foyer display cases at the Martinsburg Public Library, 101 West King Street.
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Continuous film showings of “Martinsburg 1950s” and “Highland Pride: the Life of Adam Stephen” at the Martinsburg Public Library, 101 West King Street.
9:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremony and Wreath-Laying at the Adam Stephen Monument, 600 block of South Queen Street, by the General Adam Stephen Chapter, West Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (WVSSAR) and Pack Horse Ford Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).
9:30 a.m.: Brunch at the Roundhouse Shop building before the dedication ceremony at 10:30 for the George Washington Heritage Trail Center Children's Museum--"for the kids, by George!" Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for kids, and $1 for children ages 1-5. Ticket includes brunch, a preview tour of the museum between noon and 5 p.m., and free museum admission at a later date. For tickets or information, call 304-264-9977 or visit http://www.forthekidsbygeorge.org.
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Free Tours of Historic Sites and Opening of Museums including Aspen Hall, Berkeley County Museum at the Belle Boyd House, Boydville, Sumner-Ramer Archives, Triple Brick Museum, and Martinsburg Roundhouse, and limited hours at the Children's Museum at Caperton Train Station (due to dedication ceremony).
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Photography Exhibit: "The General Adam Stephen House: The Best-Kept Secret in Martinsburg, West Virginia," with Book-Signing by photographer Sterling "Rip" Smith at the Triple Brick Museum, 313 East John Street (next to the Adam Stephen House).
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Exhibits about 150th Anniversary of West Virginia’s Statehood and A Collection of Drawings by David Hunter Strother of Martinsburg, also known as “Porte Crayon” will be featured in the Berkeley County Museum in the Belle Boyd House, 126 East Race Street.
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Renowned native and Confederate spy Belle Boyd (portrayed by Tricia Strader) will be escorted around town by a Confederate soldier.
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Norwalk Antique Car Club show will be set up on the Roundhouse property; the Norwalk Motor Car manufactured in Martinsburg in 1914 will be on display there; Vintage bicycles and antique steam engines will also be on display at the Roundhouse property.
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Sumner-Ramer Heritage Archives Museum hosted by Helen and Leonard Harris at the Ramer Center at 515 West Burke Street. The Berkeley County NAACP will also have an information booth on the grounds.
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Tours of Aspen Hall, an 18th century mansion where George Washington once attended a wedding, will be conducted by the William Henshaw Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The blockhouse of Mendenhall’s Fort, built for defense during the French, and Indian War, will also be open. Also a Civil War encampment by “The Ill Tempered Men” will be on the grounds.
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Tours of the 1812 Boydville mansion and an exhibit of vintage and antique clothing from the 1850s to 1950s at Boydville, 601 South Queen Street; Heritage Craft Center demonstrations and Master Gardener demonstrations on the grounds.
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Tours of Adam Stephen House at 309 East John Street by members of the Adam Stephen Association; tours of the tunnels given by Tri-State Grotto, NSS; Also on the grounds--craft demonstrations by the Heritage Craft Center of the Eastern Panhandle; French and Indian War encampment & demonstrations by Harold “Gene” Butts; colonial reproduction toys for sale by the Adam Stephen Association; Berkeley Border Guards, Sons of Confederate Veterans will have an information booth; ceramic-decorating for children by Patti Miller; the Lady Appleseeds will have children’s toys and drinks for sale.
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: Film of "Road Trip to History: Martinsburg" shown continuously at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 151 N. Queen St.
10:00-11:00 a.m.: Walk-A-Round Puppets throughout the downtown by puppeteer Joe Santoro, featuring Uncle Sammy and Cluck Cluck, the Chicken.
10:30 a.m.: "Reminisce..." at the Martinsburg Public Library, 101 West King Street. Life-long town resident Susan Bales shares stories about life in Martinsburg in this informal presentation and discussion.
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Lunch for sale by Martinsburg Lions Club at the Triple Brick Museum. Traditional 18th-century menu items will be available.
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Picnic lunch for sale at Boydville including bean soup (also available in quart jars), cornbread, tea, and homemade desserts.
11:00 a.m.: Corn Hole Tournament registration at the Jamfest in the East Burke Street parking lot area; demonstration by Master Clyde and his Karate students “Kicking for a Cure."
12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.: Performances of “Peter Rabbit” at the Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St. Admission $4.50 for ages 2 years and up. Free admission for under 2 years.
3:00-5:00 p.m.: Walk-A-Round Puppets throughout the downtown by puppeteer Joe Santoro, featuring Uncle Sammy and Cluck Cluck, the Chicken.
5:00 p.m.: All historic sites and events for Martinsburg Heritage Day 2013 close. The trolley will continue to run until 6:00 p.m.