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Berkeley County

County Facts

Date of Formation: 1772
Named: For Norborne Berkeley (Baron de Botetort), colonial governor of Virginia from 1768 to 1770.
County Seat: Martinsburg

Sources

Books

Alger, Patricia W. Berkeley County in World War II, West Virginia History, Charleston WV,Vol. 16 (1954-55). Arc 1. 4:16.

Aler, F Vernon. Aler's History of Martinsburg and Berkeley County, West Virginia, Hagerstown, Maryland, Mail Publishing Company, 1888. 975.497 A369.

Berkeley County Historical Society. Architectural and Pictorial History of Berkeley County. Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1991. 975.497 B512a.

____________________________. Berkeley County Bi-Centennial, 1772-1972. Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1972. 975.497 B512.

____________________________. Berkeley Journal, Vol. 1- 1968- Per.

Berkeley Military Academy. Catalogue 1901-1902. Circular of Information 1902-1903. Martinsburg West Virginia, Statesman Book and Job Printing, 1902. 373.243 B513.

Beverley, Marshall J. History of Gerrardstown and Historic Homes In Surrounding Area. Gerrardstown, West Virginia, 1982.

Comstock, Jim. Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia, Richwood, West Virginia, Jim Comstock, 1973. 975.4003 H259 Vol. 3.

Doherty, William T. Berkeley's Non-Revolution: Law and Order and the Great Railway Strikes of 1877. West Virginia History, Charleston , WV Vol. 35 (1973-74). Arc 1. 4:35.

________________. Berkeley County, U.S.A.: A Bi-Centennial History of A Virginia and West Virginia County, 1772-1972. Parsons, WV, McClain Printing Company, 1972. 975.497 D655.

_______________. A West Virginia County's Experiences With the 1918 Influenza Epidemic. West Virginia History, Charleston, WV Vol.38 (1976-77). Arc 1. 4: 38.

Dowdey, Clifford. The Great Plantation; A Profile of Berkeley Hundred and Plantation Virginia From Jamestown to Appomattox. New York, Rhinehart, 1957. 975.544 D75g.

Evans, Willis Fryatt. History of Berkeley County, West Virginia. Wheeling, 1928. 975.497 E92.

Gardiner, Ann Henshaw. Chronicles of Old Berkeley, A Narrative History of a Virginia County From Its Beginnings to 1926. Durham, North Carolina, Seeman Press, 1938. 975.497 G223.

__________________. Justice In Old Berkeley-The Court And The Church. West Virginia History, Charleston, West Virginia, Vol. 8 (1946-47. Arc 1. 4:8.

Harkey, Joseph H. Captain William Morgan's Berkeley County, Virginia Militia Company, West Virginia History, Charleston, West Virginia, Vol. 38 (1977-78). Arc 1. 4: 38.

Martinsburg Statesman. Martinsburg, Its Surroundings. Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1877. 917.5497 M386 Pam.

Moore, William D. Gleanings From The Town Minute Books, 1873-1974...Town of Hedgesville, West Virginia: For The Observance Of The 120 Years Of Incorporation, September 9-15, 1974, October 6, 1974. n.p., n.d. 975.497 M825 Pam.

Morrison, Charles, The Swan Ponds Manor of Thomas, Sixth Lord Fairfax, West Virginia History, Charleston, West Virginia, Vol. 35 (1973-74). Arc 1. 4: 35.

Nadenbousch, Phillip. A Transcript Of the Diary Of Phillip Nadenbousch,1777-1863, Martinsburg, West Virginia, Elizabeth Rogers King, 1981. B N134.

Norris, J. History Of The Lower Shenandoah Valley Counties of Frederick, Berkeley, Jefferson And Clark. Chicago, Illinois, A. Warner, 1890. 975.59 N856.

Newspaper Clippings

"A Revolution in Style," Register-Herald, 4-28-1988.
"About West Virginia, Morgan Morgan," n.p. n.d.
"Adam Stephen Memorial Project --What It Means," General Adam Stephen Memorial Association, n.d.v "After 225 Years, Berkeley Records to be Computerized," Martinsburg Journal, 4-2- 1997.
"Alexander R. Boteler," Shepherdstown Register, 11-19-1936
"Another Old Landmark Makes Way for Downtown Progress," Martinsburg Journal, 5- 22-1968.
"Apple King Crowned," Charleston Gazette, 11-12-1937.
"Area Investigator First to be Named as State's Best, Martinsburg Journal, 7-19- 1995.
"Back Creek Valley History Involves Well-Known Names," Martinsburg Journal, 7-11- 1972.
"Battle of Antietam Gave Shepherdstown Vivid Sight Civil War," Buckhannon Record, 2-4-1938.
"Berkeley County, WV, Brief Economic Facts," Economic Development Contact, 1987.
"Berkeley County West Virginia 1728," Citizens National Bank, Martinsburg WV, n.d.
"Bi-Centennial Planning," Martinsburg Journal, 7-7-1966.
"Bicentennial Salute to Berkeley County," WV Hillbilly, 9-4-1976.
"Big Parade Draws Thousands Saturday," Martinsburg Journal, 10-6-1972.
"Big Birthday Parade In Martinsburg Tomorrow," Martinsburg Journal, 10-13- 1972.
"Bridge Named for Back Creek Hero," Martinsburg Journal, 6-23-1997.
"Chronicling Blairton Has Become Full-Time Hobby," Martinsburg Journal, 2-12- 1995.
"Club Erects Bedington Sign," Martinsburg Journal, 8-11-1994.
"Confederate Honor Monument Dedicated Unknown Soldiers, Martinsburg Journal, 5- 27-1997.
"County's 200th Birthday Observance; Gov. Moore Speaker," Martinsburg Journal, 5- 18-1972.
"Does Berkeley Lead State In Historic Preservation," WV Hillbilly, 11-21-1991.
"Early Forts in This Area Discussed by Mrs. Sites," Martinsburg Journal, 5-7-1964.
"Eastern Panhandle is West Virginia's Colonial Heritage," Grafton News, 2-25- 1938.
"Eastern Panhandle," Piedmont Herald, 8-8-1935.
"Fire Destroys 200-Year Old Berkeley County Cabin," Martinsburg Journal, 1-5- 1995.
"For the 200th Birthday Parade," Martinsburg Journal, 10-16-1972.
"General Adam Stephen and His Home," WV Hillbilly, 6-18-1987.
"Gerrardstown's Bicentennial Celebration October 3 and 4; Early history... Exponent, 9- 20-1987.
"Gerrardstpwn Celebrates a Place in Past," Martinsburg Journal, 6-14-1992.
"Get Away in Style in Shepherdstown," Dominion Post , 6-8-1995.
"Harlan Family Donates 70 Acres for Preservation," Martinsburg Journal, 12-24-1997.
"Harpers Ferry Will Become National Park," Grafton News, 2-25-1938.
"Hedgesville Signal Where WV 9 Meets 901, First-Ever Traffic Light," Journal , 3-6- 1995.
"Hedgesville Siblings Perform U.S. Army Band," Inter-Mountain, 3-3-1997.
"Historic Belle Boyd House to Mark Anniversary," Martinsburg Journal, 8-15- 1996.
"Historic City Church Landmark Will Be Demolished," Martinsburg Journal, 5-21- 1965.
"Historic Group To Hear Of Early School Houses," Martinsburg Journal, 6-23- 1973.
"Historic Elm May Die," Gazette, 1-6-1924.
"Historic Structure Destroyed," Martinsburg Journal, 7-10-1995.
"History of Pioneers Recalled, As Morgan Names Committee," Charleston Gazette, 1-6- 1924.
"How WV Stole Berkeley and Jefferson From Virginia," WV Hillbilly, 9-14-1966.
"Landmarks Unit Named," Martinsburg Journal, 2-18-1974.
"Landmarks Commission Enjoys Quest for History," Martinsburg Journal, 1-15- 1983.
"Lord Fairfax Transaction Unearthed," Martinsburg Journal, 3-27-1992.
"Martinsburg Tour Walk Into History," Charleston Gazette, 5-23-1971.
"Memory Lane History Buff's Collection Up For Auction Wed.," Martinsburg Journal, 1-27-1996.
"Natural Ford for Berkeley Count's Opequon Creek Part of Smoketown," Journal, 7-14- 1997.
"One of City's Best Known Store Has Long Interesting History," Martinsburg Journal, 4-3-1970.
"Overbaked Bricks N. Mt. Plant Signifies End Tradition & Way Life," Martinsburg, 3-24- 1984.
"Part of History Lost," Martinsburg Journal, 2-5-1975.br> "Pastor Eulogizes Man Who Gave in Life and Death," Martinsburg Journal, 3-10- 1995.
"Percolated by Ed," Martinsburg News, 4-17-1964-2-19-1970.
"Pioneers of Valley Crude But Courageous," Martinsburg Journal, 10-11-1963.
"Preserving Maidstone....," Martinsburg Journal, 4-14-1996.
"Rebuilding the Past, Committee Committed to Cabins's Future," Martinsburg Journal, 6-5-1994.
"Recording Local History," Martinsburg Journal, 6-26-1967.
"Register to be Prime Topic," Martinsburg Evening Journal, 8-13-1979.
"Spring Mills Part Property Once Owned by Stephen Family," Martinsburg Journal, 12- 15-1987.
"Stephen Monument As It Was in 1909," Martinsburg Journal, 2-16-1966.
"Tombstone Leads to Search for a Soldier's Family," Martinsburg Journal, 1-2- 1992.
"Tracing the Leebers Family Album," Register Herald, 6-27-1997.
"Tribute Is Paid First White Settler at Monument In Honor of Col. Morgan," Gazette, 9- 14-1924.
"Virginia's Lost Counties Saga of Eastern Panhandle," n.p. n.d.
"When Martinsburg Was Detroit Maybe," WV Hillbilly, 3-13-1965.
"William Robinson Leigh, Berkeley County Gift to the World of Art," WV Hillbilly, 9- 4-1976.
"Yuletide Journey to Martinsburg's Past," Martinsburg Journal, 11-29-1995.

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