The Martinsburg Historical Society has been involved with the restoration of the town's abandoned cemeteries. Although we could not do a lot this past summer season, we did start the preliminary work in the Staring Cemetery. The road to reach the cemetery was completed and the site was cleared. This coming season the restoration of the gravestones will be done. We want to thank the volunteers who have already completed the enormous task of clearing the site of the overgrown brush. Please visit the site as work is in progress this coming season.
2022 is when the actual store repairs will begin. The Town of Martinsburg and the Martinsburg Historical Society will share the cost of restoration. Pictures will be posted as the actual work begins.
The West Martinsburg Mercantile will be opening on April 1st for its' third season. Owner Kin Gracey has brought back the neighborhood store. It looks much like the old Warren Foote Store that was in the community for 45 years. She carries groceries, household items, and items made by local crafters from ground coffee to aprons, stationery, homemade baked goods, fresh fruits and vegetables- and a multitude of other items. You can spend an hour just browsing in this little store! Kim also carries books published by the Martinsburg Historical Society. (Listed below) Visit the West Martinsburg Mercantile. You will not be disappointed and you can not possibly come away without a purchase. It is a walk back in time.
The Diary of Seneca Benton 1866