General Adam Stephen House

General Adam Stephen House The General Adam Stephen House is open seasonally on Saturdays and Sundays from May 1 through October 31.
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Restored as a memorial to the town founder, Revolutionary War General Adam Stephen, the limestone house was constructed on land along the Tuscarora Creek purchased by Stephen in 1770. He became the first sheriff of Berkeley County when it was created in 1772 and started businesses along the Tuscarora Creek including two mills, a distillery, and a gun factory. Shortly after that, in a bid to have the county seat located near his new residence and businesses, Adam Stephen laid out a town plat and sold lots on his land to start the town of Martinsburg, Virginia, which was chartered by the Virginia Assembly in 1778. After Stephen's death here in 1791, the house was sold by his heirs, and a number of families owned and resided in it before it was deeded by the last private owner, William Evers, to the City of Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1959. At that time, the General Adam Stephen Memorial Association was formed with the purpose of restoring the house and acquiring suitable furnishings which would reflect the early period of the house. A lot of work done on the house in the 1960s would have been impossible without the support of the local community and civic and patriotic groups. In 1970, the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it was furnished and opened for tours as a historic house museum.

Some scenes from out Colonial Christmas event at the Adam Stephen House this year...and the Christmas shop in the Triple...
12/14/2019

Some scenes from out Colonial Christmas event at the Adam Stephen House this year...and the Christmas shop in the Triple Brick Museum next door.

Main Street Martinsburg
12/14/2019

Main Street Martinsburg

Step back in time to 1779 to a Colonial Christmas at the Adam Stephen House on the first two full weekends of December! There also will be a Christmas shop with Christmas-themed items in the Triple Brick Museum next door to the Stephen House. The Adam Stephen House is located at 309 East John Street in historic downtown Martinsburg. Call 304-267-4434 for additional information.

General Adam Stephen House's cover photo
12/10/2019

General Adam Stephen House's cover photo

Step back in time to 1779 to a Colonial Christmas at the Adam Stephen House on the first two full weekends of December! ...
11/21/2019

Step back in time to 1779 to a Colonial Christmas at the Adam Stephen House on the first two full weekends of December! There also will be a Christmas shop with Christmas-themed items in the Triple Brick Museum next door to the Stephen House. The Adam Stephen House is located at 309 East John Street in historic downtown Martinsburg. Call 304-267-4434 for additional information.

General Adam Stephen House's cover photo
11/21/2019

General Adam Stephen House's cover photo

General Adam Stephen House's cover photo
11/01/2019

General Adam Stephen House's cover photo

This photo of a jack-o-lantern sitting in front of the Adam Stephen House at night-time has a few orbs in the photo.
09/22/2019

This photo of a jack-o-lantern sitting in front of the Adam Stephen House at night-time has a few orbs in the photo.

General Adam Stephen House
09/22/2019

General Adam Stephen House

09/22/2019
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The General Adam Stephen House, Martinsburg's town founder's home built in the 1780s, will be open for candlelight tours on Friday evenings October 11, 18, and 25, and also on Halloween night, Thursday October 31. Contact Haunted History and Legends Tours of Martinsburg for details and reservations at 304-261-7470. The Adam Stephen House will receive part of the proceeds for every ticket sold. Thank you!

Contact the curator at 304-267-4434 for information about having a paranormal investigation at the house.
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An unveiling of the new plaque designating the Stephen Family Burial Plot at the Adam Stephen Monument on South Queen St...
09/19/2019

An unveiling of the new plaque designating the Stephen Family Burial Plot at the Adam Stephen Monument on South Queen Street with a brief ceremony recognizing Eagle Scout Will Martin for his involvement in the project will occur on this Sunday, September 22, at 3:00 p.m. Immediately following the unveiling ceremony, Will's Court of Honor ceremony designating him as Eagle Scout will be held at the Triple Brick Museum at 4:00 p.m. Members of the General Adam Stephen Memorial Association and of associated patriotic groups are encouraged to attend both events.

The General Adam Stephen Memorial Association will be having a 60th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 14, f...
08/23/2019

The General Adam Stephen Memorial Association will be having a 60th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday, September 15, from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the General Adam Stephen House at 309 East John Street near downtown Martinsburg.

The event will celebrate the donation of the Adam Stephen property to the City of Martinsburg by William A. Evers in 1959 and the formation of the General Adam Stephen Memorial Association and will recognize the individuals and organizations that helped in the early restoration of the Adam Stephen House and property. The organizations that were involved will have specials displays in the Adam Stephen House, and refreshments will be served for that weekend only. Admission is free but monetary donations are accepted as always.

Beginning on September 21, the displays will be available for viewing on weekends through October 27 in the Triple Brick Museum next door.

For more information, call 304-267-4434 or email the Adam Stpehen House at [email protected].

The General Adam Stephen Memorial Association is having a YARD SALE at the General Adam Stephen House property at 311 Ea...
08/08/2019

The General Adam Stephen Memorial Association is having a YARD SALE at the General Adam Stephen House property at 311 East John Street in Martinsburg on this Saturday August 10 and Sunday August 11 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days. The Lions Club of Martinsburg will be selling submarine sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, and beverages on the premises in the lower level of the Triple Brick Museum. All proceeds of the yard sale will benefit the continuing restoration and upkeep of the historic buildings on the property there. Please come and see what treasures you might find and have a great lunch!

The General Adam Stephen Memorial Association is having a YARD SALE at the General Adam Stephen House property at 311 Ea...
07/13/2019

The General Adam Stephen Memorial Association is having a YARD SALE at the General Adam Stephen House property at 311 East John Street in Martinsburg on Saturday August 10 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Lions Club of Martinsburg will be selling submarine sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, and beverages on the premises in the lower level of the Triple Brick Museum. All proceeds of the yard sale will benefit the continuing restoration and upkeep of the historic buildings on the property there. Please come and see what treasures you might find and have a great lunch!

House open for tours and yard sale continues today Sunday May 12 at Adam Stephen House 10am-4pm.Thanks to photographers ...
05/12/2019

House open for tours and yard sale continues today Sunday May 12 at Adam Stephen House 10am-4pm.
Thanks to photographers Jake Taylor, Joyce Englebright, Gail Zurenda, and Harriet Johnson for these great pics!

As part our Martinsburg Heritage Festival, the General Adam Stephen Memorial Association is having a YARD SALE at the Ge...
05/10/2019

As part our Martinsburg Heritage Festival, the General Adam Stephen Memorial Association is having a YARD SALE at the General Adam Stephen House property at 309 East John Street in Martinsburg on Mother's Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days. All proceeds will benefit the continuing restoration and upkeep of the historic buildings on the property there. Please come and see what treasures you might find!

Thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Will Martin and Boy Scout Troop #25 for work on his Eagle Scout project to beautify the ...
04/23/2019

Thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Will Martin and Boy Scout Troop #25 for work on his Eagle Scout project to beautify the Adam Stephen monument on South Queen Street!

General Adam Stephen House
03/21/2019

General Adam Stephen House

The last evening of Colonial Christmas will be this evening, Sunday, December 9, from 4 to 8 pm.  Don't miss it!
12/09/2018

The last evening of Colonial Christmas will be this evening, Sunday, December 9, from 4 to 8 pm. Don't miss it!

Join us for the Colonial Christmas at the Adam Stephen House on Saturday Dec. 8 and Sunday Dec. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m.
12/05/2018

Join us for the Colonial Christmas at the Adam Stephen House on Saturday Dec. 8 and Sunday Dec. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m.

General Adam Stephen House's cover photo
11/27/2018

General Adam Stephen House's cover photo

General Adam Stephen House
11/27/2018

General Adam Stephen House

2018 Colonial Christmas at the Adam Stephen House portraying the year 1778 (240 years ago)!There is no admission charge ...
11/21/2018

2018 Colonial Christmas at the Adam Stephen House portraying the year 1778 (240 years ago)!
There is no admission charge for this event but donations are accepted. The Christmas Shop in the Triple Brick Museum next door will also be open and offers a variety of Christmas-themed items and unique gifts.

GHOST TOURS OF THE GENERAL ADAM STEPHEN HOUSE & OLD MARTINSBURG, on Fridays and Saturdays Oct 5  & 6, 12 &13, 19 & 20, a...
09/01/2018

GHOST TOURS OF THE GENERAL ADAM STEPHEN HOUSE & OLD MARTINSBURG, on Fridays and Saturdays Oct 5 & 6, 12 &13, 19 & 20, and 26 & 27, at 7:00 pm - Join Justin Stevens, of Haunted History and Legends Tours of Martinsburg, WV, and author of the book Haunted Martinsburg, as he takes you on a tour of the historic home of Martinsburg's town founder Adam Stephen, with a short walking tour of other haunted locations in the oldest section of Martinsburg and local graveyards. Combined length is about 2 1/2 hours long. Cost is $15 per person. Call 304-261-7470 for reservations or more information.

Season 3 episodes of The R.I.P. Files (Research & Investigation of the Paranormal) featuring the Adam Stephen House, the...
06/09/2018
Watch The R.I.P. Files Season 3 - Prime Video

Season 3 episodes of The R.I.P. Files (Research & Investigation of the Paranormal) featuring the Adam Stephen House, the Apollo Theatre, and the Shenandoah Hotel, all in Martinsburg, WV, is now available on Amazon Prime in the United States and Canada. All three seasons of the show are available!
The episode featuring the Adam Stephen House is Episode 5 of Season 3 and is entitled "Fear House."
The episodes can be found at: "https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DDBRHNH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_ErTdBbNP2F856

The team is back, with a few fresh faces to explore the darkness and build a bridge between the worlds of the living and the dead.

Here is a detailed schedule for the Martinsburg Heritage Festival, May 11-13, 2018
05/05/2018

Here is a detailed schedule for the Martinsburg Heritage Festival, May 11-13, 2018

General Adam Stephen House
04/10/2018

General Adam Stephen House

General Adam Stephen House's cover photo
04/10/2018

General Adam Stephen House's cover photo

General Adam Stephen House
11/16/2017

General Adam Stephen House

The Adam Stephen House Colonial Christmas will be held on the first two weekends of December.  This year, our actors wil...
11/14/2017

The Adam Stephen House Colonial Christmas will be held on the first two weekends of December. This year, our actors will be portraying the year 1787 (230 years ago)!

The Adam Stephen House continues to be open at no charge for visitors on Saturdays from 10am until 5pm and on Sundays fr...
10/01/2017

The Adam Stephen House continues to be open at no charge for visitors on Saturdays from 10am until 5pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 5pm through the last weekend of October. (Donations are accepted,)
We also are offering special candlelight ghost tours of the Adam Stephen House followed by a tour of Green Hill Cemetery at 7pm on Saturday nights in October through Justin Stevens at a cost of $15 per person. Please contact him for reservations for the evening candlelight ghost tours at 304-261-7470.

This was already posted but we made a slight change to the schedule. Our opening weekend for the special tours this Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30 will both be at historic Green Hill Cemetery. Friday night will feature Clairvoyant Psychic Janet Hughes. Saturday night will feature psychic medium Jennifer Fortune! Both tours start at 7:00 pm.

We've had many inquiries regarding our fall tour schedule so I'm very happy to finally to post it! We are excited to once again this year, partner with the General Adam Stephen House Memorial Association to bring tour groups inside the home for after hours candlelit tours. Green Hill Cemetery tours are once again returning with lots of new stories and accounts of sightings and people's personal experiences at this historical beauty. This popular tour is only offered in October. Our walking tour will be featuring some new stories and information as well! Next weekend, September 29-30 is our opening weekend for these very special fall seasonal tours. The General Adam Stephen House tours begin the weekend of October 7. Space is very limited on the General Adam Stephen House/Green Hill Cemetery combo tours and a portion of each person's admission goes to the General Adam Stephen Memorial Association for the continued restoration and upkeep of the home. Please remember these are very historically focused tours with true, documented events from the town's marvelous history carefully woven into the tales and legends handed down through numerous generations of locals. The locations visited on the tours are treated with much respect and care. Reservations are a must for all tours and must be made by calling 304-261-7470.

General Adam Stephen House's cover photo
09/29/2017

General Adam Stephen House's cover photo

The Adam Stephen House and its tunnels will be featured on Episode 5 of  Destination America's "The Ghosts of Shepherdst...
08/02/2017
Sneak Peek: Now You're in the Sunken Place | Ghosts of Shepherdstown

The Adam Stephen House and its tunnels will be featured on Episode 5 of Destination America's "The Ghosts of Shepherdstown" which will be released this coming Monday, August 7 airing at 10 p.m. on the Destination America cable channel or by paid episode online at destinationamerica. com.
Right now you can see a free Sneak Peek featuring a portion of the episode at https://www.destinationamerica.com/tv-shows/ghosts-of-shepherdstown/full-episodes/sneak-peek-now-youre-in-the-sunken-place

Exclusive sneak peek of "Now You're in the Sunken Place" and a bonus scene from the most recent episode of Ghosts of Shepherdstown.

Haunted History And Legends Tours Of Martinsburg WV
05/09/2017

Haunted History And Legends Tours Of Martinsburg WV

Martinsburg Heritage Days Ghost Tour Events next weekend-5/12-5/13

As part of Martinsburg Heritage Days festivities taking place next weekend, we have ghost tour/paranormal events taking place both Friday and Saturday nights!

Friday, May 12-8:00 pm $12 per person
Haunted Martinsburg Tour-An historical ghost tour of old town featuring ghost sites and scary stories commemorating the town's historic and haunted legacy.

Saturday, May 13-8:00 pm $15 per person
Boydville Ghost Tour/Paranormal Investigation
This event takes participants into one of Martinsburg's most beloved and haunted historic mansions! Special guests from the paranormal reality series, "The RIP Files" will be leading a real, professional paranormal investigation with equipment for participants to use. Special guest, psychic medium Melody Bruch will be in attendance to share messages and impressions from the many spirits on the property. The mansion, law office and grounds will all be explored and the rich historical legacy and many first hand accounts and reports of hauntings will be uncovered throughout the evening! This is a rare opportunity to investigate and see up close, a genuinely haunted plantation!
No one under age 18 is permitted for this event-no exceptions!

Reservations are required and must be made by calling 304-261-7470

05/07/2017

Martinsburg Heritage Festival Events, May 2017
Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia

EXPERIENCE Martinsburg-home of generals, spies, & intrigue!
CELEBRATE our town's unique culture and history!

First 2 Weeks of May: “Gallery on Main Street” artwork in storefronts, sponsored by Berkeley Art Works (116 North Queen Street) and Main Street Martinsburg.

Saturday, May 6, 2017: 9:00am-4:00pm-Jackson’s Raid at the Martinsburg Roundhouse. Access from train station at 229 East Martin Street. Living Village and guest speakers about Civil War medical services, the railroad in the Civil War, Belle Boyd and other Civil War spies, author of Civil War history books Bob O’Connor. $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-18. 2:00pm-Cannon-fire and skirmish on the Martinsburg Roundhouse grounds, cavalry horses. 5:00pm-Civil War music by Jeff Greenawalt at the Martinsburg Roundhouse. 7:00pm-9:00pm-Civil War concert and dance at the Martinsburg Roundhouse; Period dancing will be taught. $5 admission.

Sunday, May 7, 2017: 10:00am-4:00pm-Jackson’s Raid at the Martinsburg Roundhouse. Living Village and guest speakers about General Jackson’s Raid on Martinsburg, Civil War medical services, the railroad in the Civil War, Belle Boyd and other Civil War spies, author of Civil War history books Bob O’Connor. $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-18. 10:00am-Civil War period church service at the Martinsburg Roundhouse. Public invited. 2:00pm-Civil War music by Jeff Greenawalt at the Martinsburg Roundhouse.

Friday, May 12, 2017: 6:30pm-- Memorial Ceremony at the Adam Stephen Monument in the 600 block of South Queen Street, conducted by patriotic groups and local organizations with Boy Scout Troop 25 Color Guard and bagpipe player Robert Mitchell.
8:00pm--Ghost tours: "Haunted History and Legends of Martinsburg," a 2-hour walking tour of ghost sites and scary stories of old town Martinsburg. Not recommended for under age 13. Reserve tickets $12 at 304-261-7470.
8:00pm--"Shenandoah" at the Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 East Martin Street. Regular admission $17, students with ID $12.Call 304-263-6766 to reserve.

Saturday, May 13, 2017--8:00-10:00am--Founding Fathers Pancake & Sausage Breakfast at the historic Trinity UM Church, 220 West Martin Street, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 25. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children under 13. Presentation by Fort Frederick State Park ranger Robert Ambrose on French& Indian War at 9:30.
10:00am-5:00pm--Historic site tours at participating sites including Adam Stephen House & Tunnels, Belle Boyd House, Boydville, Martinsburg Roundhouse, and Triple Brick Museum. Hours for tours may vary a little at some sites. The trolley will be providing free transportation between listed sites between 9:30am and 6:00pm.
--Adam Stephen House,309 East John Street,tours of house and Triple Brick Museum by the General Adam Stephen Memorial Association; tours of the tunnels by the Tri- State Grotto chapter of the National Speleological Society; French & Indian War soldier demonstration of Black-Powder Rifle by Harold "Gene" Butts; yard sale by the Adam Stephen Association; lunch and refreshments for sale by the Martinsburg Lions Club; small animal petting zoo and free pony rides for small children; blacksmith, spinning, and laundry house demonstrations; information booth by Berkeley Boarder Guards chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Exhibit of artwork showing local scenes painted by Mary Oakley Seibert and Sarah Duff Steptoe in the Triple Brick Museum. Bluegrass band “Ernie Bradley and the Grassy Ridge Band” from 1-3pm.
--Belle Boyd House, 126 East Race Street, tours of the house and rose and herb gardens by Berkeley County Historical Society and the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau; tourist information center; living historians including Belle Boyd portrayed by Tricia Strader; guest speakers on the Lutheran/Reformed Cemetery at 11am and about World War I during the afternoon.
--Boydville, 601 South Queen Street, tours by Jonathon & Meagan Mann and Family & the Friends of Boydville; metal-detecting demonstration by Historical Artifact Recovery & Preservation Society; information on booking weddings & events at historic Boydville; information on Haunted History & Legends ghost our -For the Kids, by George, Children's Musuem, at Caperton Train Station, 229 East Martin Street, general admission tickets $6 for children and adults.
--Martinsburg Roundhouse, access by bridge at train station, 229 East Martin Street, tours by Retired Railroad Workers.
1:00-3:00pm: Bluegrass band “Ernie Bradley and the Grassy Ridge Band” on the grounds of the Adam Stephen House, 309 East John St. Bring a lawn chair & enjoy!

1:00pm—“Hansel and Gretel” at the Wonderment Puppet Theatre, 411 West King Street, puppet performance. Admission: $6 for ages 2 and up.
2:00-3:00pm-The Bee-Hive, 205 North Queen Street, free activity for families & children “Make Mother’s Day Gifts” at 2:00pm. Doors open 1pm.

8:00pm--Haunted History and Legends of Martinsburg: Ghost Tour/ Paranormal Investigation of Boydville. $15 per person --ages 18 & over only. Reservations 304-261-7470. Psychic and medium will meet with tour.
8:00pm--"Shenandoah" at the Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 East Martin Street. Regular admission $17, students with ID $12. Call 304-263-6766 to reserve.

Sunday, May 14, 2017: 9:00am-4:00pm--Belle Boyd House, 126 East Race Street, tours of the house by Berkeley County Historical Society and the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Berkeley County tourist information available.
10:00-5:00pm--General Adam Stephen House, 309 East John Street, house tours and yard sale, exhibit of artwork showing local scenes painted by Mary Oakley Seibert and Sarah Duff Steptoe in the Triple Brick Museum.
1:00pm—“Hansel and Gretel” at the Wonderment Puppet Theatre, 411 West King Street, puppet performance. Admission: $6 for ages 2 and up.
2:30pm--"Shenandoah" at the Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 East Martin Street. Regular admission $14, students with ID $12. Reserve tickets 304-263-6766.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 19, 20, & 21: "Shenandoah" at the Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 East Martin Street. Regular admission $17 ($14 on Sunday), students with ID $12. Reserve tickets 304-263-6766.

Saturday, May 27, 2017: 1:00-3:00pm—Green Hill Cemetery Tour with stories of noted persons buried there, sponsored by Berkeley County Historical Society

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309 East John St (PO Box 1496)
Martinsburg, WV
25402

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(304) 267-4434

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