More on the history of local names
January 30, 2011
Don C. Wood / Special to The Journal
Poor House Road
If you cross over the Tuscarora Pike (King Street extended) over Interstate 81, and continue for about 3 miles, you will come to the intersection of Tuscarora Pike and Poor House Road. With the creation of the county park on the grounds of the Poor House Farm, this area sees much traffic today. The road here was known for many years as Pleasant Valley Road. The Berkeley County Poor House was located on West Race Street and is still standing. Because there was not enough ground there for poor people to work, in 1850, the "Overseer of the Poor" purchased from John Emmert and Elizabeth, his wife, a 140-acre farm on Pleasant Valley Road and sold the Race Street poor house. Soon after, the Valley Road, as some called it, became Poor House Road. The Poor House was closed by the Berkeley County Court in the 1950s. This land had originally been granted by Lord Fairfax to David Crockett.
(from website: http://www.journal-news.net/page/content.detail/id/555061/More-on-the-hi...)
Also found among James Faulkner's papers are land records concerning Martinsburg and Berkeley County; an account book, 1811-1820, kept in part by James Faulkner as president of the Berkeley County Overseers of the Poor; an account and will of James Faulkner's father-in-law William Mackey; and estate materials, including an inventory, loose accounts, and records concerning a monument to James Faulkner in Martinsburg.
(from website: http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/vhs/vih00012.scopecontent)