We are lucky to have such good neighbors in Martinsburg and Frederick. Martinsburg, to the southwest, is the largest city in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, and Frederick, to the southeast, is the county seat of Maryland’s largest county. But there’s much more to them than that! Here are some interesting tidbits about our neighboring cities.
Take a Look at Martinsburg
Did You Know…Your tax return may have been processed in Martinsburg? The city is home to one of two Internal Revenue Service facilities that process electronically filed documents. About one-third of all tax returns are handled here, while almost of the numerous business documents move through this Enterprise Computing Center.
Must See…Aspen Hall, the oldest house in Martinsburg, is a Georgian home that dates back to 1745. The property is associated with events in the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War. Several original buildings remain on the site; it’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A privately owned property, it’s a popular site for weddings and meetings. In fact, it’s been popular for weddings for centuries—George Washington attended a ceremony here in 1761!
Upcoming Special Event…The 2013 Festival of Banners is a downtown revitalization project to celebrate the historic downtown area. Local artists have created banners and donated them to the project; they will be auctioned off at the end of the summer, Sunday September 8, at the Town Square.
Quick Glance at Frederick
Did You Know…There’s an app for that? The Frederick Walking Tour is available on both Android and iPhone platforms, and is a rich, multimedia application that features seven different tours of the city. Each tour is based on a theme, such as The Civil War or African American History. Stand where Abraham Lincoln stood in this historic city.
Must Do…Antiquing in Frederick. There are more than 200 antique shops in downtown Frederick alone, most within eight blocks of one another. Many of the shops are in historical buildings as well, such as Cannon Hill Place, which is in the Old Stone Granary built in 1780. If you work up an appetite while browsing, stop into one of the many bistros and grills downtown.
Upcoming Fun Events…The Maryland Shakespeare Festival, based in Frederick, is a professional company providing free casual performances in parks across Maryland during the summer. Next up: Twelfth Night, from July 5 through 14, on the Winslow Great Lawn at Goucher College. The company is in residence in Frederick from October to April with its Bare Bard Series, and its Shakespeare Alive! program travels to schools throughout the state during the academic year.