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Community Event – Martinsburg Roundhouse Great Train Raid
May 4 - May 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
All Aboard — May 4-5!!
“Great Train Raid” rolls out Civil War railroad heritage
Grammy-nominated musician Ray Owen to perform
MARTINSBURG, W.Va., — Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and national recording artist Ray Owen is on tap to perform at the 4th annual Great Train Raid festival at the historic Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad Martinsburg (W.Va.) Roundhouse, May 4-5.
Admission to the two-day festival, including tours of the 19th century railroad site, Civil War-era music and living history presentations, is $5 for adults, $3 for students.
Children under 5 are free.
Proceeds of the event benefit the preservation of the B&O Martinsburg Shops, one of West Virginia’s 16 National Historic Landmarks.
Owen, whose engaging vocal style and blend of good time music and humor continues to captivate audiences across the nation, has appeared with renown artists, including Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Judy Collins, and Steve Goodman, among others.
The Martinsburg roundhouse, actually a 16-sided polygon, is a starring attraction in its own right, says Great Train Raid event chair Elaine Mauck.
“With natural light streaming in from the cupola, walking into the roundhouse is like going into a cathedral. You’ve got to experience it!”
About the B&O Railroad Martinsburg Shops
Traversing east-west along the boundary between North and South, the railroad became a strategic target of Confederate and Union troops and the B&O Railroad Martinsburg shops were destroyed in a mid-1861 raid led by Confederate Stonewall Jackson, who returned in 1862 and carried out more destruction. The fully-enclosed roundhouse and shop buildings that stand today were built beginning in 1866 and were part of the nation’s first labor strike in 1877. The American Society of Civil Engineers says the cast-iron framed roundhouse at the 13-acre site is the sole-surviving structure of its kind.
Situated along an active CSX rail line, the roundhouse is linked by pedestrian bridge to the For the Kids, by George Children’s Museum in historic downtown Martinsburg in Berkeley County, W.Va. Martinsburg is less than 30 minutes away from other prominent Civil War sites, including Harpers Ferry (W.Va.,) National Historical Park and Antietam National Battlefield, near Sharpsburg, Md.
About the Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority
Created by an act of the West Virginia Legislature in 1999, the Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority is a nonprofit, public corporation that is charged with preservation and redevelopment of the prominent railroad heritage site.
For More Media Information
Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority
H.D. Boyd, Board Chairman
304-260-4141 – firstname.lastname@example.org