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Discover the Heritage and Charm of the Historic McFarland House: A Legacy of Fine Dining and Elegant Celebrationsā€‹

Tucked away near downtown Martinsburg, the Historic McFarland House, with its classic brick facade, is more than just a building. It’s a journey into a world of refinement and charm. Built in 1878 by Alexander B. Parks, a visionary developer and leader, the house has stood as a symbol of taste and tradition in Martinsburg, West Virginia for over 140 years.

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Alexander B. Parks, besides being a developer and municipal leader, was deeply passionate about fresh produce. His role as the president of the National Fruit Company, now known as White HouseĀ®, and later as a West Virginia state senator, was marked by a strong commitment to local, farm-fresh ingredients. This dedication is still the heart of the culinary experience at the McFarland House, where nearly all ingredients are sourced locally.


The property, having changed hands before the 20th century, has been meticulously maintained and evolved by its various owners. William and Jane McFarland, who operated a catering business from their home, infused it with culinary creativity and warmth. In the late 1960s, it became a popular stop on the Shenandoah-Potomac House and Garden Tour, a tradition that continued throughout the century.

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Since Michael McCarty and Donna Cobean acquired the Historic McFarland House in 2007, they have embraced and honored its history. Their commitment to Parks’ philosophy of local ingredients is evident in both the food and atmosphere they have cultivated. The house, featured again in the 56th Shenandoah-Potomac House and Garden Tour in 2011, continues to be a beloved setting for celebrating both grand and intimate moments..

Our Mission

The Historic McFarland House: Preserving Tradition, Cultivating Community. Our mission is to provide a unique dining and event experience that honors our rich history, celebrates local produce and craftsmanship, and fosters unforgettable memories in the heart of Martinsburg.

Our Values

At the Historic McFarland House, our values center on historical preservation, community connection, and culinary distinction. We cherish our 19th-century heritage, supporting local producers to bring fresh, quality ingredients to our guests. Our aim is to create an inviting atmosphere where every visit is a blend of memorable experiences and timeless elegance.