MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Council has adopted an order to
form a Museum Commission with the intent of establishing a regional museum in downtown
Martinsburg.
Berkeley County Council also has approved the submission of requests for state and federal funds.
The project could mean the renovation of the former Berkeley County Courthouse
annex at 110 W. King St., for what is tentatively being called the Eastern West Virginia Museum
of Culture & History.
A post from the Council announced the plans.

“Establishing a regional museum will give our cultural center leverage and clout, and support
efforts to attract visitors to downtown Martinsburg,” Berkeley County Council President Doug
Copenhaver Jr. said.
Repurposing the neighboring historic county courthouse at 100 W. King St., for museum use, at
least in part, also is part of the larger vision for the museum.
“A number of community collaborations are being explored and outreach is underway with
various history and heritage-focused groups and community leaders across Berkeley, Jefferson
and Morgan counties,” said Matt Umstead, Berkeley County Director of Strategic Planning &
Communications.
The boundaries of Berkeley County, when it was created on May 15, 1772, included most of
Morgan County, including Berkeley Springs and all of Jefferson County. The latter was formed in
1801. Morgan County was established in 1820.