Martinsburg is the charming county seat of West Virginia's Berkeley County, located within the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley on the tip of the state's Panhandle area. The city, which is the largest metropolis on the Eastern Panhandle, is best known as the home of the stunning preserved Martinsburg Roadhouse, the nation's only remaining cast-iron-framed railroad structure of its kind, which is open to the public for guided tours weekly.

Historic homes with Civil War connections abound, including the Belle Boyd House, which preserves the childhood home of the infamous Civil War spy with ties to Stonewall Jackson.

1. Martinsburg Roundhouse

Martinsburg Roundhouse
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Martinsburg Roundhouse preserves the historic B&O Roundhouse, the only cast-iron-framed railroading structure of its kind still standing today, which was constructed in 1866. The roundhouse, which is located along the banks of the charming Tuscarora Creek, was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2003 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its cultural significance, including its role in the National Labor Strike of 1877, a response to wage cuts to Baltimore and Ohio Railroad employees. Though its surrounding shop buildings closed in the 1980s, the roundhouse continues to be open to the public today as a living history attraction, offering guided tours each Saturday during the morning and afternoon hours.

100 E Liberty St, Martinsburg, WV 25404, Phone: 304-260-4141

2. Belle Boyd House

Belle Boyd House
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Belle Boyd House preserves the historic childhood home of famed American Civil War spy Belle Boyd, who infamously supplied information to Stonewall Jackson about enemy activities during the course of the war. Boyd spent part of her childhood in the 1853 home, which was developed into a rental apartment building in the mid-20th century. In 1992, it was saved from demolition by the Martinsburg City Council and restored to its historic glory by the Berkeley County Historical Society. Today, it operates as the Berkeley County Museum, restored to the Victorian style it would have been decorated in in the late 19th century. Visitors can tour the historic home as part of guided or self-guided tours of the home, which showcases recreated rooms and exhibits on Berkeley County history.

126 E Race St, Martinsburg, WV 25401, 126 E Race St, Martinsburg, WV 25401

3. The Adam Stephen House

The Adam Stephen House
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The Adam Stephen House is an historic home in Martinsburg that was originally constructed between 1772 and 1789 as the home of Revolutionary War General Adam Stephen. The shaped limestone home, which sits atop a prominent stone ledge overlooking the city, stands two and a half stories tall and features two stone and log outbuildings. Though it fell into near-ruin in the mid-20th century, it was restored to its historic glory in the 1960s by the General Adam Stephen Memorial Association and opened to the public as a living history museum. Unique features of the home include a natural cave located underneath its basement, which has been excavated and is open to the public for guided tours. Other attractions at the site include the Triple Brick House, a National Register of Historic Places-listed building from the 19th century that once served as a dining car kitchen for the B&O Railroad.

309-313 E John St, Martinsburg, WV 25401, Phone: 304-267-4434

4. The Apollo Civic Theatre

The Apollo Civic Theatre
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The Apollo Civic Theatre is a National Register of Historic Places-listed theater that was opened in 1914 as a silent film and vaudeville theater. The theater, which was designed by architects Reginald Geare and Chapman E. Kent, has been a focal point of the Martinsburg community's cultural scene for over a century, serving as a town cinema throughout the mid-2oth century before it fell into disrepair. During the 1970s, it was revived as a live theatrical performance venue, hosting area groups such as the Martinsburg Little Theater, which now owns and operates the facility as a playhouse today. Today, six live productions are mounted at the theater by the company each year, including musicals, comedies, and dramas. Children's theater performances are also showcased, along with talent shows, scholarship pageants, and seasonal film showings.

128 E Martin St, Martinsburg, WV 25401, Phone: 304-263-6766

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5. Yankauer Nature Preserve

Yankauer Nature Preserve
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Yankauer Nature Preserve is a beautiful 104-acre nature preserve in Berkeley County, located just north of the city of Shepherdstown a short drive from Martinsburg. The preserve, which is overseen by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy, protects historic farmland overlooking the banks of the gorgeous Potomac River waterfront. Lovely forested areas are home to more than 100 bird species and nearly 200 types of native flora, including beautiful spring wildflowers that bloom in meadow areas. 2.4 miles of hiking trails are offered throughout the property for visitor use, marked with interpretive signs detailing area flora, fauna, and landscape traits. A bird watching station is also open to the public, along with several pollinator gardens and a spacious outdoor pavilion.

438 Whitings Neck Rd, Martinsburg, WV 25404, Phone: 681-252-1387

6. King's New York Pizza

King's New York Pizza
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King's New York Pizza is a delightful Italian restaurant chain operated the Colandrea family since 1998, offering six locations throughout West Virginia's Panhandle region, including a location in Martinsburg. The authentic Italian chain produces all of its ingredients from scratch onsite daily, including homemade pizza and spaghetti sauces, pizza and lasagna doughs, and rich creamy alfredo sauces. Lunch and dinner is served up six days a week at the Martinsburg location, showcasing traditional Italian fare, including Sicilian and New York-style pizzas in several sizes for sharing. Pizza favorites range from classics like margherita and meat lover's to specialties like Hawaiian, cheese steak, and chicken parmesan. Diners can also choose from a plethora of sub, stromboli, and calzone options, along with classic Italian dishes like veal parmigiana, lobster ravioli, and fettuccine alfredo.

313 Rock Cliff Dr, Martinsburg, WV 25401, Phone: 304-262-0155

7. Good Natured Collective

Good Natured Collective
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Good Natured Collective is a charming plant-based cafe serving up unique vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free fare throughout the week in its current space since 2010. The restaurant, which is helmed by Jacob Smith and India Watson, serves up eclectic small and large plates at lunch hours, including hearty sandwiches filled with unique toppings like coconut barbecue tofu, jackfruit mock tuna, and roasted butternut squash. Diners can choose from health-conscious bowls stuffed with ingredients like lentil sausages and portabella mushrooms, served up alongside starters like housemade hummus platters and nut burger sliders. An adjacent natural market sells supplements, health food products, bulk herbs, and organic wines.

209 S Raleigh St, Martinsburg, WV 25401, Phone: 304-262-9978

8. Things to Do in Martinsburg: Brix 27

Things to Do in Martinsburg: Brix 27
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Brix 27 is a delightful restaurant and community gathering space in downtown Martinsburg, helmed by executive chef Christian Evans. The restaurant showcases gorgeous Old World ambiance and serves up a rotating list of more than 45 wines, available in a variety of tasting glass sizes dispensed by an automated wine system. Gourmet small plates are crafted for sharing, created with seasonal ingredients sourced by local farmers. Diners can choose from artisanal modern fare like mushroom truffle flatbreads, grilled portabella sliders, red wine-plumped figs, and rare duck breast in bourbon brown sugar onion jam. In addition to wines, a selection of premium spirits and local craft brews are also served. Next door, a streetside boutique wine shop sells takeout wine bottles, along with locally-sourced culinary goods and accessories.

131 N Queen St, Martinsburg, WV 25401, Phone: 304-616-1628

9. L. Norman Dillon Farm Museum

L. Norman Dillon Farm Museum
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Serving as a living tribute to the courageous pioneer settlers who first farmed the Eastern Panhandle, the Dillon Farm Museum is located on part of the original Dillon Farm. Here visitors will find a comprehensive collection of beautifully restored vintage farm tools, carriages, buggies, tractors, freight wagons and much more. Part of the collection is housed in indoors while the larger items like harvesters, shredders and other bulky equipment is exhibited outdoors. Besides admiring all the exhibits, visitors can also watch live demonstrations in the blacksmith’s shop. The museum is open to the public on Sundays from April to October and entrance is always free.

L. Norman Dillon Farm Museum, 3083 Ridge Rd S, Martinsburg, WV 25403, 304 754 3845

10. Logan's Roadhouse

Logan's Roadhouse
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Logan's Roadhouse is one of America's favorite steakhouse chains, offering more than 100 locations today throughout the nation, including a location in downtown Martinsburg. The restaurant, which was founded in Kentucky in 1991 by restaurateurs Charles McWhorter and Dave Wachtel, serves up mesquite-grilled-fired steak and seafood entrees in a laid-back, traditionally American dining environment. Diners can select from renowned signature entree offerings like St. Louis-style spare ribs in bourbon barbecue sauce, filet and shrimp combo platters, chili-lime wood-grilled salmon, and Southern fried fish in cornmeal breading with tartar sauce. Create-your-own grill combos are also served up, along with a selection of hearty burgers and sandwiches. Shareables range from buffalo hot wings and overloaded sweet potato fries to the restaurant's signature Bacon On A Stick appetizer, which smokes half a pound of bacon in brown sugar glaze for 12 hours.

115 Retail Commons Pkwy, Martinsburg, WV 25403, Phone: 304-264-1500

11. DeFluri’s Fine Chocolates

DeFluri’s Fine Chocolates
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DeFluri’s artisan chocolates have been pleasing Martinsburg palates since 1985, when Vienna-based Breda Casabona settled in Martinsburg, bringing her passion for chocolate to West Virginia. The extensive range of mouth-watering confections include a selection of truffles (some with wine or spirit fillings) and a long menu of American favorites including her American Heritage Collection. There is something for everyone to love regardless of your tastes and the range even features sugar-free treats for diabetics and slimmers. Just a few of the highlights of the range include Dark Chocolate Marzipan, Sea-Salt Caramels and Dark Chocolate Thin Mints. The store is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

DeFluri’s Fine Chocolates, 130 N Queen St, Martinsburg, WV 25401, 304 264 3698

12. Poor House Farm Park

Poor House Farm Park
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Originally established to provide a refuge for the poor and the sick, the Poor House Farm Park has been turned into a recreational gem for Martinsburg residents. The park is filled with fun outdoor recreational facilities which include 5 miles of hiking/jogging trails, mountain bike trails, a stocked trout stream and lake for fishing, various sports fields and courts and an 18-hole disc golf course. There are also 3 pavilions and a large barn, all of which can be hired for parties and other events. Children will love the children’s playground and the new Nature-based play area. The park is open daily all year round.

Poor House Farm Park, 273 Woodbury Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25405, 304 264 4842

13. War Memorial Park Mini Golf and Concession

War Memorial Park Mini Golf and Concession
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Located in the much-loved War Memorial Park, the 18-hole Mini Golf Course and Concession is a great place to spend an hour or two with the family. The well-maintained course is located adjacent to the children’s playground and would make a perfect venue for a children’s birthday party. This outdoor putt-putt course is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year and is open on weekends and on week days during school breaks. If you are planning to host a party at the golf course you can book your time in advance and also book one of the popular park pavilions.

War Memorial Park Mini Golf, 273 Woodbury Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25405, 304 264 4842

14. Pikeside Bowl

Pikeside Bowl
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The Pikeside Bowl is your go-to venue for a fun night out for families, couples and groups. The venue has 28 ten-pin bowling lanes which can be reserved. These include 10 Duckpin lanes which are ideal for younger children who may not be able to manage regular bowling balls. In addition they also have Dragon Ball Ramps which enable special-needs bowlers to join in the fun. Friday and Saturday nights include flashback music from the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. In addition to bowling guests can enjoy a game of billiards or make their way to the fun video games arcade.

Pikeside Bowl, 3485 Winchester Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401, 304 267 2042

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