On March 17, 2003, as his last official act as President of the Marshall County Historical Society, Lonnie Kiger joined the Glen Dale’s Mayor, David Blazer, in signing an agreement leasing the Cockayne House to the Marshall County Historical Society. Looking on is the Society’s Vice President, Frances Bonar. The Society leased the property in order to renovate and preserve it.

The National Register Designation

     The Cockayne Committee worked diligently on behalf of the Cockayne project throughout 2002. With the assistance of Alan Rowe of the WV Division of Culture and History, the committee completed an application to have the property listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On September 27, 2003, the West Virginia Archives and History Commission voted unanimously to support the application. On December 12, 2002, the U.S. Department of Interior approved the listing. According to the National Register nomination, the Cockayne House stands as “an excellent, representative sample of the type of dwelling that a well-to-do Marshall County farm family would build, then modify, to suit changing tastes and favorable financial circumstances.”

     U.S. Representative Alan B. Mollohan, in making the announcement, said “ This home serves as a tangible link to a time when the area’s economy was based largely on agriculture. By preserving it and interpreting its history, the Marshall County Historical Society will help to keep alive an important and highly interesting piece of our past.”

Master Plan

     The Society also received notification in 2002 that a Legislative Budget Digest grant had been awarded in the amount of $21,000 for the purpose of preparing a Master Plan for the overall project and completing architectural and archeological surveys. The grant also included sums for emergency stabilization of the structure. The grant was awarded through the West Virginia Department of Tourism. Work on the Master Plan should begin in mid-April, 2003.

Other Grant Requests

     Various other grant requests have been submitted. The main priority is renovation of the exterior of the Cockayne House, beginning with the slate roof and box drainage system. The Committee hopes that, shortly after completion of the Master Plan, work can begin on the exterior renovation of the house.