Martinsburg, the county seat of Berkeley County, is a charming colonial town steeped in history. Ravaged by the Civil War, devastated by fatal epidemics and tragedy, it went on to become a vibrant, thriving city. The beautiful Victorian and Colonial architecture that lines the streets today stands as a proud tribute to the town's heritage and the many hardships and challenges faced by the people of the town.
Join us on our historic and haunting tours of old historic Martinsburg. Hometown of the world wide famous Confederate spy Belle Boyd and home to the only cast iron Roundhouse standing in the world today! Layers of history spanning the Tuscarora Indians, the American Revolution, and the Civil War have left an abundance of strange and unusual tales and stories of many colorful past residents of the city. Lost or forgotten history, buried treasure, spies, urban legends, unsolved mysteries and ghostly yarns will entertain and intrigue on our fascinating walks through the streets and alleys of the historic district.
If you love history, this is the tour for you! Tons of documented, thoroughly researched history from multiple eras is presented. Little known facts, hidden history, and downright amusing stories are shared. Learn about the founder of the town, General Adam Stephen, and Confederate spy Belle Boyd. Educational and enlightening, the tour is sure to please history lovers and enthusiasts alike.
Paranormal enthusiasts will love the many intriguing and mysterious ghost stories associated with many of the historic landmarks. True stories of ghostly encounters from historical records, newspapers, and eyewitness interviews will be shared. The tours however, are not a ghost hunt, the emphasis is on the folklore and haunted history.
With different tour options to choose from, you can take more than tour and not hear the same stories! Each tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours and covers about a mile of walking. Cost is $12 per person. Stories and stops are subject to change. All tours require reservations which must be made by calling 304-261-7470. Please check the schedules page for current scheduled tour dates and the tour descriptions page for detailed tour descriptions.
While we do occasionally offer special tour events where we enter buildings or homes, our tours are walking tours where the history and stories are shared while standing outside of the properties.
We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items, accidents or injuries obtained while on the tour, so come at your own risk! By attending the tour, it is agreed that any and all liability to us and any and all property owners is released.
Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian due to liability.
Private tours are available year round for groups of 8 or more with prior arrangements. For more information, please call 304-261-7470