Martinsburg, West Virginia, a rapidly growing small town that offers the most food, fun, history, nature, shopping! The city become an all too important hub for transportation and commerce. it was also a major player in the railroad, textile, and agriculture industries. All throughout the town, there are buildings that reflect these industry uses still standing today. Most have been transformed for a more modern day use.
The city is located in Berkeley County. The city of located 78 miles South West of D.C., 90 miles West of Baltimore, Maryland, 25 miles South of Winchester, Virginia, and 21 Miles West of Hagerstown, Maryland. The city covers about 6.67 miles. Interstate 81 runs along Martinsburg allowing for easy access to Virginia and Maryland. Route 11 runs through the city's downtown area and runs from Virginia to Maryland as an alternative route to the interstate.
The transportation for the city comes by train and bus available for long distance commuters. Amtrak and Marc trains can be boarded at the E. Martin Street station. Bird scooters are also available for sight seekers to take as an easy means of pay-as-you-go travel around the Downtown area. Uber and Lyft are also active in the area for a more casual form of transportation. The Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority (EPTA) offers bus routes around the city. They offer a large variety of stops. The main hub of the buses is in Martinsburg. The EPTA also offers Demand Response trips. These trips are for riders that cannot make it to the designated bus stops. These rides can be scheduled on weekdays or weekends with advance notice and are done within the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. timeframe.
Route 9 Walking Path
Take a relaxing stroll along the Route 9 walking trail. Along the way, you can view placards with info about the trail and surrounding areas. There are various parking areas for the trail - usually around the exit/on ramps of Route 9. The paved walkway goes from Martinsburg to Charles Town.
Downtown is where the magic happens! "The Square" is where events are hosted for the community including Fridays at Five (free concert series preformed by local artists), the annual Food Truck Fest, Chocolate Fest and Book Faire, Christmas events, and so many more. Exploring Downtown Martinsburg is a great day outing!
The Round House, the Children's Museum, the historic Belle Boyd House, and the Apollo Civic Theatre are all great places to visit for a little brushing up on your history.
The area is home to many local farmers markets, many of which supply food to the businesses nearby. The two most notable farmers markets and Orrs and Butlers. Butlers Farmers Market currently doesn't have a website to visit, but they do have a Facebook page. For questions/comments they urge customers to call into the store. Orr's Farmers Market is distinguished not only by their awesome inventory, but their buffalo at the front of the store!
The city's shopping district runs alongside Interstate 81 offering easy access to Virginia and Maryland for West Virginia residents and passerby's on the interstate. There are clearly defined areas of the city being the shopping and business areas. The residential areas are scattered throughout both of the others and can pop up pretty much anywhere in the city insuring that you have high walkability. There are tons of new businesses opening and life can get a little fast-paced compared to some areas in the Eastern Panhandle.
Martinsburg gives you the feel of a bustling metropolis in some areas but a slower hometown feel in others. These areas are blended together well coupled with a very high walkability, the city is easily traversable so seeing everything from shopping centers to neighborhoods is a breeze!
The majority of homes for sale in Martinsburg are single family properties. There are also townhomes. New construction is booming in the city while the rental market is having a hard time keeping up with the demand from consumers.
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You will fall in love with the Downtown area! The city is working hard to rebuild and rebrand the Downtown area as a hot spot for community and entertainment. The Downtown area is where the lot of the city festivals, events, and community happenings take place. There is no shortage of local shops and restaurants there included Mexican, a chocolatier, pottery and paintings, a bridal shop, and even a seafood raw bar!
Due to the city's position on Interstate 81, there is a lot of traffic from Virginia and Maryland and this can sometimes make it harder to get around town in a timely manor. Likewise, the city has many commuters that work in the neighboring states. The city is constantly working to build itself up as a great stop for travelers, a place to live, and a place to work.
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