The Belle Boyd House

The Belle Boyd House

The Belle Boyd House, located at 126 East Race Street, Martinsburg, WV, was a childhood home of Belle Boyd, Confederate spy and Berkeley County native. On different occasions during the Civil War she crossed military lines to pass information to General T.J. (Stonewall) Jackson. After the war Belle Boyd became an actress, often playing femme fatale roles. This red brick house, built in 1853 by Ben Boyd has been described as the finest Greek Revival house in Martinsburg.
From 1902 until 1992 the Boyd house was divided into four separate apartments. Early in 1992 the owner wanted to raze the house to make room for a parking lot. The Berkeley County Historical Society spearheaded an effort to save this beautiful and important part of our heritage.
In 1996 the Belle Boyd House was included in the Civil War Discovery Trail, a series of historic places and battlefield sites of the war. The CWDT guide is on sale at the Belle Boyd House.
The Belle Boyd House is a museum operated by the Berkeley County Historical Society and includes several museums of local interest. There are ten rooms with displays.
The focus of the Boyd Mason Civil War Museum is on the war in the Lower (northern) Shenandoah Valley with emphasis on local activities and Belle Boyd. The Berkeley County Museum illustrates the general history of the County from pre-Columbian times to the 20th century.