L-R is Stanley Sewart, Lou Richmond, Casey Pozell, Steve Avdakov, and Kevin Felton and Craig Trushel of Trushel Construction. Notice the farmhouse in the background showcasing the new porch!

Cockayne Porch Work Completed

Art Limann - Wheeling Intelligencer & News-Register

December 10, 2007

GLEN DALE — A portion of renovation of the historic Cockayne Farmhouse in Glen Dale has been completed, and those involved in the project said they were happy to have the work completed before snow fell.

“The porch was in terrible shape,” said Steve Avdakov of Heritage Architectural Associates. “This really needed to be done.”

Kevin Felton of Trushel Construction Co. agreed. He said the home, built in the 1850s, was well constructed at the time and noted his company found stone footers for pillars below the frost line, which was very unusual. These were taken out and replaced with concrete. Three original pillars, each made from a single tree, were restored and used on the back of the building.

Nila Chaddock, chairwoman of the Cockayne Farmhouse Preservation Committee of the Marshall County Historical Society, said, “It’s been a slow process. Hopefully by next year we can have the rest of the house completed.”

Stanley Stewart, president of the historical society, said the project has taken two years, but all the funding has come from donations and grants. He credited the committee members for their efforts.

Chaddock said the process for acquiring the land surrounding the building has slowed the progress of restoring the rest of the home. Once the land transfers are completed, she said, she “sees the possibility of big things.” The vision of her committee is to have a Cockayne Farmstead Complex and use the farmstead as a central community facility.

Ye Olde Renovators restored the porch columns during the summer, and Trushel Construction Co. did additional restoration work. The project was overseen by Heritage Architectural Associates and Kayafas Architects. Pozell Contracting volunteered its services to act as liaison between the historical society architects and hired contractors.

Funding for this phase of the project was provided by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Ohio Valley and, in part, by a development grant awarded by the West Virginia Archives Commission. Also used was a portion of a Tea-21 Enhancement Grant, administered by the West Virginia Department of Transportation and Bel-O-Mar Regional Council.

The next step in the preservation effort will be the transfer of the lot south of the farmhouse to the city of Glen Dale. It is anticipated this transfer will occur within the next few weeks. Upon completion of the transfer, the city will receive a notice to proceed with other elements of the exterior restoration of the farmhouse.