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Berkeley County is located in the Eastern Panhandle region of the state of West Virginia. Berkeley County is the 2nd oldest county in the state founded in 1772. The 2010 census reported the county population to be 104,169 making it the second-most populous county in West Virginia, behind Kanawha. The county seat is Martinsburg. The county lies adjacent to the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan Area and is one of three counties in Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. Due to its proximity to Washington, D.C., Berkeley County is the fastest growing county in the State of West Virginia and among the fastest growing in the entire country. Berkeley County is home to the first permanent settlement in West Virginia located in Bunker Hill formed in 1726 by Morgan Morgan.
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Poison Control Center - 1.800.222.1222
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Berkeley County, West Virginia gets 40 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. Berkeley County averages 21 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year. On average, there are 197 sunny days per year in Berkeley County. The US average is 205 sunny days. Berkeley County gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 116 days per year.
*Climate information provided by Best places
Berkeley County, West Virginia's estimated population is 124,976 with a growth rate of 1.57% in the past year according to the most recent United States census. Berkeley County, West Virginia is the 3rd largest county in West Virginia. The 2010 Population was 104,621 and has seen a growth of 19.46% since this time.
*Population information provided by World Population Review
The Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority offers limited local transportation. For a schedule and information on fees please see their website.
Amtrak Service at Martinsburg. For departure times and fees please see their website.
The Marc Train makes stops at the Martinsburg station. View their website departure times.
- Blue Cab of Martinsburg offers chauffeur, delivery, messenger, and airport transportation for Berkeley and Jefferson County 24 hours a day. For more information call 304.441.6000
- Courtesy Cab in Martinsburg. For more information call 304.267.8294
Obtaining a Driver’s License
Change of Address
If you change your address you are required to notify, in writing, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 20 days of the change. Failure to do this subjects you to a possible fine or imprisonment. Simply notifying the U.S. Post Office will NOT update your record with the DMV or allow important DMV mail to be forwarded to you. By failing to change your address with the DMV, you could miss the renewal date of your license, or even have your driving privileges suspended or revoked unnecessarily.
Out-of-State License Transfers
If you have a valid non-expired out-of-state license, you are eligible to transfer the license. If the out-of-state license is expired, you are required to take all examination tests, vision, written, and road skills examination(s) before making application for a driver’s license. You are required to pass a vision test, complete a brief alcohol awareness course, and surrender your out-of state license before a WV license will be issued. A transfer applicant must present all documents that are required. A written examination is also required for applicants under the age of 18. If you have a motorcycle endorsement on your license, the Division will transfer the endorsement for an additional fee of $5.00.
A new resident who does not have possession of the out-of-state license or if it has expired, must obtain a certified driving record, dated no more than 30 days from the date of the application, from the state in which they were previously licensed.
If your out-of–state license is suspended or revoked, you will not be licensed in WV, until you receive a “clearance” in the Problem Driver Point System (PDPS). It is illegal to drive in WV with a suspended or revoked license. All applicants for a WV driving license must be verified with the PDPS. It is important to confirm that you are not under suspension in any other jurisdiction before attempting to obtain a license in WV.
38 Severna Parkway
Martinsburg, WV 25403
Phone: 304.558.3900 or 1.800.642.9066
*For more information please visit the WV DMV Address Change Page.
Residents must register to vote 21 days prior to the election. The law requires that you register your physical address, not a business address or Post Office box. You can register in person or by mail; you cannot complete the registration process online.
If you wish to register in person then you can go to the office of the Secretary of State. Please be sure to bring proof of your physical address such as driver’s license, utility bill, or bank statement. You may also receive and submit your voter registration form at your County Clerk’s office, DMV, public assistance offices, and military recruiting offices.
If you wish to register by mail then you may request an application from your County Clerk, the Secretary of State, or by downloading the mail in application form. Return completed voter registration forms to your County Clerk's office.
County Clerks Office
100 West King Street, Room 1
Martinsburg, WV 25401
All tangible personal property employed exclusively in agriculture, including horticulture and grazing; products of agriculture (including livestock) while owned by the producer.
Rural Districts: State - .0025 County - .1381 School - .1940 School Excess Levy - .2250 School Bond - .0223
Town of Hedgesville: State, County, School Rate - .5819 Municipal - .0572
City of Martinsburg: State, County, School Rate - .5819 Municipal - .1238 Excess Levy - .0525
All property owned, used, and occupied by the owner exclusively for residential purposes including mobile homes. All farms, including land for horticulture and grazing; occupied and cultivated by their owners or bona fide tenants.
Rural Districts: State - .0050 County - .2762 School - .3880 School Excess Levy - .4500 School Bond - .0446
Town of Hedgesville: State, County, School Rate – 1.1638 Municipal - .1144
City of Martinsburg: State, County, School Rate – 1.1638 Municipal - .2476 Excess Levy .1050
All real estate and personal property situated outside municipalities, including auto and business property exclusive of Classes I and II.
Rural Districts: State - .0100 County - .5524 School - .7760 School Excess Levy - .9000 School Bond - .0892
All real estate and personal property situated inside municipalities including auto and business property exclusive of Classes I and II.
Town of Hedgesville: State, County, School Rate – 2.3276 Municipal - .2288
City of Martinsburg: State, County, School Rate – 2.3276 Municipal - .4950 Excess Levy - .2100
- Property use classification is determined annually on July 1st and applied to following year’s taxes. All assessments values are 60% of the total value.
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Berkeley County Assessor’s Office
400 West Stephen Street Suite 208
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Lil’ Angels Play and Learn
7844 Williamsport Pike
Falling Waters, WV 25419
Rumsey’s Children’s Connection Child Care Center
3274 Hedgesville Road
Martinsburg, WV 25403
School Entrance Requirements
To enroll in Kindergarten a child must be five prior to June 30th, current year:
1. A child who will be five years of age prior to June 30th, current year will be enrolled in kindergarten.
2. A child who will be six years of age prior to June 30th, current year must be enrolled in school; will be enrolled in first grade if the child has completed an accredited kindergarten program; and will be enrolled in kindergarten if an accredited kindergarten program has not been completed.
NOTE: Kindergarten students presently attending Berkeley County schools need not re-enroll for first grade.
Registration Documents required by schools:
For West Virginia call 304.558.2931
350 Capitol Street, Room 165
Charleston, WV 25301-3701
- 1st time students unless medically exempted would need the following: 4 doses of DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), 3 doses of IPV (Polio), 2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), 3 doses of Hepatitis B, and 2 doses of Varicella.
- As of May 25th, 2015 the Tuberculin Skin Test (PPD) is required for students coming from a high risk country. Please visit the Berkeley County Schools website for a list.
- 7th Graders must show proof of a booster dose of Tdap/Td vaccine, which protects against Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (whooping cough) and a dose of the Meningococcal vaccine (MCV).
- 12th Graders also must show proof of a single dose of Tdap/Td and a booster dose of the Meningococcal vaccine (MCV).
*For more information please visit here.
Eastern Panhandle Christian Academy
Address: P.O. Box 590
Inwood, WV 25428
WVU Hospitals –Berkeley Medical Center formally City Hospital in Martinsburg, WV is a 260 licensed bed facility with a 24-hour Emergency Department and 47,000 ED visits annually. The ED has a Level III Trauma Center designation and a new cardiac cath lab. The hospital's radiology services are completely digital (PACS) including a 64-Slice CT Scanner and SPECT. Berkeley Medical Center has a 20-bed Critical Care Unit, Obstetrics department with more than 1,000 births annually, inpatient Pediatric Unit, and Inpatient/Outpatient Oncology Services, with clinical trials along with Tomographic Mammography and Breast Ultrasound. Berkeley Medical Center also features the only hospital-based fitness center in the area.
2500 Hospital Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Shenandoah Community Health Center has been serving the Eastern Panhandle since 1976. They offer a wide range of coordinated services: primary medical care, women's health services, behavioral health care, dental and oral care, and programs such as WIC, medication assistance, diabetes management, weight/wellness programs and case management.
Hours of Operation are: Monday - Thursday: 8:30 p.m. - 7:00 p. m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. & Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
99 Tavern Road
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Valley Health- Berkeley Family Medicine and Urgent Care provides a convenient one stop shop for all of your primary and urgent care needs. They are constantly expanding their available services to meet all of your needs in one place. They proudly employ the latest in electronic medical records, online form completion, scheduling, and communication. On site services include; EKG, X-Ray, full service laboratory, Asthma/COPD/Emphysema, spirometry assessment, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, Fluorescein eye staining and superficial foreign body removal, STD assessment and counseling, casting/splinting, joint/muscle injections, wound/burn care, laceration/cut repair, skin biopsy, vaccinations, Tuberculosis testing, breathing treatments, smoking cessation counseling, diabetes teaching/education, pediatric check-up, physicals, acne treatment, and audiometry.
101 Marcley Drive
Martinsburg, WV 25401
In Falling Waters, Hedgesville, Inwood
Address: 115 Retail Commons Pkwy
Martinsburg, WV 25403
Foxcroft Towne Center
Address: 800 Foxcroft Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25401
The closing of the Martinsburg Mall in 2016 made way for the Foxcroft Towne Center which currently features several food chains such as Five Guys, Wing Stop, and Chili’s and stores including Hobby Lobby, Party City, Walmart, Grand Home Furnishings and Kay Jewelers. Slated to be joining the Foxcroft Towne Center soon is Firehouse Subs and there is still room to grow!
Address: Retail Commons Parkway, Martinsburg, WV 25403
The Commons Shopping Center has a variety of food, shopping, and business. Conveniently located right off of I-81, The Commons includes Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Petsmart, TJ Maxx, Michaels, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy and more!
Main Street Martinsburg offers a unique shopping experience with many one of a kind, locally owned shops. Ranging from clothing and crafts to antiques, there’s sure to be something that catches your eye. Some of the shops include: All About Fabric, Bells & Bows Florist, Dana’s Tuxedo, LA Roberts Jewelers, Berkeley Art Works, and The Design Center.
This little shopping center has it all. Whether you need groceries, medical supplies, beauty products, shoes, or to mail a package; you can do it at the Old Courthouse Square. You can also grab a quick bite to eat at one of the shopping center’s restaurants or fast food joints. Some key places include Super Shoes, Family Dollar, Beauty International, Med Express, China King, and Martin's.
Time’s Square has the ball drop on New Year’s Eve but Martinsburg has it’s own local spin on the tradition. Martinsburg drops an illuminated apple to ring in the new year. The celebration also features live music and free giveaways of apples, apple cider and apple donuts.
Berkeley County Youth Fair
Held in early August this week long annual fair has been going on for over 70 years! The fair is filled carnival rides, live music, livestock sales, eating contests and fun events like demolition derbies and tractor pulls.
Chocolate Fest and Book Faire
Chocolate and books, what a great pair! This annual April event allows local authors to hold talks and book signings and the restaurants of Martinsburg to show off their best chocolate dishes on the Chocolate Walk. There is even a chocolate cupcake contest.
The historic Adam Stephen (founder of Martinsburg) House hosts a Colonial Christmas the first two weekends of December. Come enjoy period decorations, music and special skits. They also have a holiday items available for sale.
Downtown Chili Cook off
The name speaks for itself, locals and restaurants cook up gallons of chili and the public votes on the best of the best. Chili entrants are also judged on tent presentation. This event normally occurs in late September or early October.
Eastern Panhandle Home Show
Normally occurring in late March, the Home Show has been gathering all of the house related experts for over 20 years. This 2-day event will connect you to the local pros for everything from bathroom renovations to deck installations.
Friday’s at Five
Do you enjoy a wide variety of music genres? These free concerts occur at the Martinsburg Town Square all summer long on, you guessed it, Friday’s at five. The summer concert series also features the Martinsburg Farmer’s Market so while you are swaying to the melody you can munch on some farm fresh goodies.
Located at War Memorial Park every June is an event filled with fun for all ages. For the little ones there will be horse rides, face painting and a moon bounce. There are craft vendors and a car show for the more mature crowd. There will also be entertainment throughout the day and special concessions like homemade ice cream.
Main Street Martinsburg Doors to Christmas
Local businesses, organizations, and individuals decorate beautiful Christmas wreathes and they are displayed on antique doors for about a week for the public to admire. Then they are auctioned off to raise money for Martinsburg events and programs.
Main Street Martinsburg Restaurant Week
Occurring in late January or early February, this is the time to familiarize yourself with all of the food that downtown Martinsburg has to offer at special prices! Some restaurants even use this time to release new dishes onto their menus.
Martinsburg Christmas Parade
Christmas parades are easy to find when that time of year comes around. What sets the Martinsburg Christmas Parade apart is that it occurs at night!
Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival
This festival occurring the 3rd weekend in October is all about celebrating the harvest time of apples. The festival holds a wide variety of activities including an apple pie baking contest, 5K, parade, royal gala, pancake breakfast, car show, and concerts.
North Mountain Art Festival
Nicknamed “Arts in the Orchard” this weekend long festival in early June hosts juried artists and artisans from the surrounding states. Browse the land to see quality potters, painters, wood carvers and more all while enjoying live music and lots of food options.
Relay for Life of Berkeley County
Celebrate more birthdays for cancer victims in this annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society the first Saturday in June. Teams have raffles, games, and items for sale. The theme is different every year.
If you drive down Queen Street in Martinsburg every winter you will find it lined with creatively decorated snowman. In March these snowman painted by area schools are auctioned off on the Town Square.
South Berkeley Christmas Parade and 5K
Line the streets of Inwood in early December to see the South Berkeley Christmas Parade. A 5K filled with furry friends benefiting the Berkeley County Humane Society will take place right before the parade
Taking place at the luxurious Woods Resort in the fall is WoodFest. Discover the works of handpicked artisans and enjoy live music. There will also be kids’ activities and food vendors.
Ambrose Park (4.3 acres) – city owned
Address: 700 Porter Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25401
Features: 1 large pavilion, restroom facilities, 2 playground areas, picnic tables and grills, Wurzburg dog park and Gateway children’s garden
Hedgesville Park (15 acres) – county owned
Address: 226 School House Drive, Hedgesville, WV 25427
Features: 1 lighted regulation sized baseball field, 1 lighted farm league baseball field, 1 lighted little league field, and a large pavilion
Inwood-Bunker Hill Lions Park (20 acres) – county owned
Address: 8785 Winchester Avenue, Bunker Hill, WV 25413
Features: 1 large pavilion, fitness trail with exercise stations, sand volleyball court, playground area, practice soccer field, recreational baseball/softball field, 2 outdoor public basketball courts
PO Faulkner Park (30 acres) – city/county owned
Address: 154 Sycamore Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
Features: Lighted baseball field with press box, dugouts and bleachers, concession stand, 4 tennis courts, and a small pavilion
Poor House Farm Park (137 acres) – county owned
Address: Poor House Farm Road, Martinsburg, WV 25401
Features: 1 large pavilion, 1 medium pavilion, stocked trout stream, 5-mile trail, playground area, lake, practice soccer fields, public restrooms, volleyball court, 18-hole disc golf course, Poor House Farm Barn and Henry Equestrian Arena
W. Randy Smith Recreation Center (3 acres) – county owned
Address: 40 Excellence Way, Inwood, WV 25428
Features: 14,000 square foot gymnasium with two regulation basketball courts, bleacher seating, concession stand and restroom facilities
War Memorial Park (19.5 acres) – city owned
Address: 500 N. Tennessee Avenue, Martinsburg, WV 25401
Features: Outdoor pool facility, heated leisure pool, 6 pavilions, 2 tennis courts, 2 sand volleyball courts, 18-hole lighted miniature golf course, concession stand, 4 playground areas, covered concert stage and bleachers, 3 public restroom areas, and numerous open picnic sections
Arts and Entertainment
Address: 128 East Martin Street, Martinsburg, WV 25402
The Apollo opened in 1914 and has continued to provide entertainment to the community. Every year, the Apollo Theatre performs 6 shows, hosts the Miss Berkeley County Scholarship Pageant, hosts a Talent Show, puts on a Haunted Theatre and more! During the summer the theatre also is home to a Youth Theatre Workshop for students grades 4-12.
Address: 116 N. Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
The Berkeley Art Works is project of the Berkeley Arts Council. The goal of the Berkeley Art Works is to have a community-based arts facility that supports local and regional artists, brings quality arts experiences for the members of the public, and provides a wide range of arts learning experiences for local residents, artists, and artisans.
Address: 205 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
Dubbed “The Family Inspiration Place,” BE-Hive is the place to “BE” for free family fun and activities. Open Wednesday-Saturday the BE-Hive focuses on incorporating important life principles in their activities. In addition to their activities inside the building you will find a Book Nook, Theatre, Kid’s Corner, Game Room, and BE-Town.
Address: 412 West King Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
This colorful gem is an interactive puppet theater that hosts 6 regular shows a year. They are also available for birthday parties, field trips, and road shows. They have multiple packages available to plan your day of entertainment. They even have a gift shop so you can take the fun home with you.
Address: 1435 Providence Church Road, Hedgesville, WV 25427
Wish you knew more outdoor survival skills? Then this place is for you! Take a 5 day primitive immersion course where you can learn fire building, making shelters, stone tools and finding food and water. Day classes are also available for things like basket weaving, sewing buckskin bags, archery, and more! They even have summer camp options for your little ones!
Address: 267 Monroe Street, Martinsburg, WV 25404
This locally family owned theatre always has the latest movies playing. The theatre size may be cozy but what they lack in size they make up for in reasonable prices that are the lowest in the area. They even offer free holiday movie showings near Christmas time!
Address: 213 North Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
The Queen Street Gallery offers a wide selection of vintage posters, antique prints, and maps. They even do on site framing in their full-service framing shop
Address: 115 South Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV 25401
You can purchase pottery pre-made crafted by local artisans, chose an unfinished piece to paint, or take a class to learn how to make your very own.