Belle Boyd House

126 E. Race St., Martinsburg

Famous civil War Spy, Belle Boyd, spent part of her childhood in this house built in 1853. During the war, she supplied information to Stonewall Jackson about enemy activities and was imprisoned twice before being banished to England.

Inside the Belle Boyd House, on the right of the entry hall is the original ball room decorated in Victorian style as it would have been in the late 1800s. This is the only room in the house decorated as living quarters. Two black slate mantles (prepared as faux Belgian marble) decorate the twin fireplaces. Acanthus leaf brackets of white marble support the mantles; this was a common theme in Greek Revival style.

Visit the second floor rooms, including the master bedroom, in the northeastern front of the house and what may have been Belle’s room across the hall in the front. Exhibits on Berkeley County history fill these rooms, some rotating and some permanent. Permanent spaces include a Costume Room, Black History, Industry, War & Military, County History and Toy Rooms.