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Berkeley County

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Berkeley County

Map: Berkeley County

Second oldest county in West Virginia. Created in 1772 from the northern third of Frederick County (Virginia), and named for Norborne Berkeley (Baron de Botetourti), Colonial Governor of Virginia from 1768 to 1770. At Bunker Hill, in this county, in 1726, Morgan Morgan founded the first permanent settlement of record in Western Virginia.

As early as 1774, George Washington had orchards planted here. The first commercial orchard in West Virginia was said to have a sixteen acre grove of apples, plums and peaches planted by W. S. Miller near Garrardstown. On November 30, 1792, the first post office in present-day West Virginia was established at Martinsburg, WV, in Berkeley County.

County Seat: Martinsburg, WV
Population: 75,905 (2000 Census)
Berkeley County Profile

Lodging: Berkeley County Hotels

Weather: Berkeley County, WV

Airports: Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport
Schools: Berkeley County Schools
Libraries: Martinsburg - Berkeley County Public Library

Cities and Towns

Inwood, WV
Hedgesville, WV
Martinsburg, WV

See Also

Berkeley Riflemen


Temperature Mean Annual Average: 53 (Degrees F)
January Averages: High 39 (Degrees F) -- Low 21 (Degrees F)
July Averages: High 87 (Degrees F) -- Low 64 (Degrees F)

Long Term Precipitation

January: 2.35 inches -- July: 3.53 (inches) -- Annual: 37.5 (inches)

Mean Annual Snowfall Range

25 - 35 inches

Additional Sources of Information


Aler's history of Martinsburg and Berkeley County, West Virginia

West Virginia Geological Survey: Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan Counties