Historic Farmhouse Project Nets Grant

The Intelligencer & Wheeling News-Register - September 25, 2006


     GLEN DALE — In the heart of Glen Dale on W.Va. 2 sits a treasure that dates back to the 1850s: the Cockayne Farmhouse.

     Remaining essentially unchanged from its initial appearance, the house — and its contents — serve as a reminder as to how life was lived in the 19th century.

     On Sunday, Oct. 15, the public will have the opportunity to tour the Cockayne grounds as part of an open house to celebrate the restoration project’s recent successes.

     Among those successes was an announcement earlier this month by Gov. Joe Manchin that the city of Glen Dale, owner of the farmhouse, would receive $224,800 for the exterior renovation of the farmhouse and for land acquisition.

     According to Nila Chaddock, chairperson of the Marshall County Historical Society’s Cockayne committee, the two most important things to accomplish with the grant money are the purchase of what is known as the “south lot” and exterior work on the Cockayne farmhouse.

     Chaddock said that once the city of Glen Dale — owner of the house and its contents — gave approval to apply for the grant, the Belomar Regional Planning Council did the necessary work to prepare the document for submission in November to the Department of Highways Planning and Research Division, which this January approved the finalized application.

     Glen Dale Mayor David Blazer said, ‘‘The acquisition of this latest funding is a significant step forward in the creation of a historic landmark that could be an incredible asset not only to the city of Glen Dale, but to all Marshall County.’’

     Chaddock said earlier this year, the Marshall County Historical Society was awarded a $31,500 development grant earmarked for porch restoration at the Cockayne farmhouse.

     This grant requires a 50 percent match.