Christmas Wishes Do Come True;
Historical Society Secures Rights to Cockayne Structure


The front of the small Cockayne House

     The Moundsville law firm of Gold, Khourey & Turak provided the Marshall County Historical Society with a gift that will preserve the history of the Cockayne Farm and the City of Glen Dale. Lisa Cockayne, sister-in-law to Sam Cockayne, passed away in September, 2005. In October, the Historical Society received notification from the Executor of the estate that bids would be accepted for the purchase of her property until November 30. With no immediate resources to obtain the property, the Cockayne Committee began searching for means to secure the house. That’s when the law firm of Gold, Khourey & Turak stepped in and placed a bid on behalf of the Marshall County Historical Society. On Monday, December 19th, the law firm and Historical Society were notified that they were the winning bidder. The official transfer of the property occurred on December 30 with city officials and other members of the community on hand to celebrate this momentous occasion. This action of Gold, Khourey & Turak preserves the property while the Cockayne Committee works to obtain the necessary funding to redeem it.


The view of the Farmhouse from the backyard of Lisa Cockayne House.

     According to a history of the Cockayne Family provided by John Cockayne and printed in the Society’s 1984 History of Marshall County, the smaller Cockayne House was built by S. A. Cockayne in the Nineteenth Century. Historically connected to the property, the smaller house will greatly enhance the project, providing a welcome center and gift shop as well as federally mandated handicapped accessible facilities.

     “The Historical Society is deeply appreciative of the opportunity afforded by Gold, Khourey & Turak,” said Elliott Grisell, President of the Marshall County Historical Society. “When we were notified in early November that the property would be sold by the Executor of the Estate through a bidding process, we asked Lou Khourey and Jon Turak for help. They agreed. We were excited that Gold, Khourey & Turak was willing to act on our behalf and even more excited when we received word that we had won the rights to the property. We also want to express our gratitude to Attorney J. K. Chase, Jr., who donated his services to perform a title search. We are always deeply appreciative of those many businesses and individuals who help us in this important endeavor.”

     Lou Khourey indicated that the firm was pleased to provide assistance to the Society in the purchase of the Cockayne Property. “As a member of the community, we feel we have a responsibility to ensure that the rich history of our area is preserved,” he said, “and the Cockayne Farm represents the earliest beginning of that history.”

     The Cockayne Committee hopes that the larger farmhouse will be open for limited tours by mid-2006.