Martinsburg in Berkeley County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Old Worsted and Cassimere Mills
The woolen mills were located in the buildings on the south side of the street and the cassimere mills on the north. Outstanding examples of industrial architecture.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia, Martinsburg Historic Properties series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. 39° 27.277′ N, 77° 58.149′ W. Marker is in Martinsburg, West Virginia, in Berkeley County. Marker is on West Stephen Street west of South Church Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is mounted at eye-level, directly on the south side of the subject building, just left of the main south-side entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 West Stephen Street, Martinsburg WV 25401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Berkeley County Jail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Norbourne Parish Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. John's Catholic Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); World War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles Martinsburg / Berkeley Riflemen (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Federal Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); 224 - 226 West King Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old High School (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Martinsburg.
Regarding Old Worsted and Cassimere Mills. The old worsted and cassimere mill buildings have been preserved and repurposed as Berkeley County offices.
Also see . . . Berkeley County seat at Martinsburg boasted a thriving textile industry. West Virginia Archives and History website entry:
During the 1890s several textile factories began operations in Martinsburg. W. H. Crawford established The Crawford Woolen Company and the Martinsburg Worsted and Cassimere Company. In less than fifteen years, Crawford's textile interests failed primarily because of antiquated machinery and insufficient capital. During the same period, a number modern electric-powered mills transformed Martinsburg into an important textile center. The Berkeley Woolen Company, which began operations in 1914, and the Dunn Woolen Company enjoyed several decades of prosperity. (Submitted on May 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 19, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.