West Virginia Division of Culture & History Representatives
Tour Sites in Marshall County


L-R: Steve Avdakov, Jennifer Murdock, Susan Pierce, Alan Rowe, Gordan Loader and Kurt Leahey.

     Representatives from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History visited Moundsville on June 26, 2003 to tour the Cockayne House, the Strand Theatre and the former West Virginia Penitentiary. Susan Pierce, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer; Alan Rowe, National Register Coordinator; Jennifer Murdock, Structural Historian, and intern Hilori Schenker were welcomed to Marshall County by representatives of the Cockayne and Strand committees, the Moundsville Economic Development Council and the City of Cameron's Mayor and City Clerk.

     The day began with a welcome at Kirkside, the office of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. Kirkside, once used as the Parsonage and a Youth Center for Simpson United Methodist Church, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was restored approximately 10 years and leased to the Chamber. The group then toured the Cockayne House, gathered for lunch at Alexander=s on Seventh (a restored 1907 bank building), and followed with tours of the Strand Theatre and old West Virginia Penitentiary facilities.

     This was the first opportunity for Susan Pierce and Jennifer Murdock to visit the Cockayne House. The Cockayne Committee applied for and was awarded a $42,750 historic preservation grant by the Archives and History Commission to be used towards repairs of the slate roof, porch roof, columns, ceiling and windows. The historic preservation office will work with the Cockayne Committee to provide support and direction in the restoration efforts. In the June 28, 2003 edition of the Wheeling Intelligencer, Ms. Pierce commented: "We're just excited that these groups care so much and want to preserve this history. It (the Cockayne House) is such an amazing house."

     The Cockayne House is presently being evaluated by Steve Avdakov, Heritage Architectural Associates, who is working closely with the Cockayne Committee to prepare a Master Plan for development of the property. The Cockayne House will soon be available for scheduled group tours. It is only one stop of interest to visitors in Marshall County. The Marshall County Historical Society's museum, located at 13th and Lockwood in Moundsville, is open to the public each Saturday during the summer months. Visit the society's website to learn more about the Marshall County Historical Society. And visit the following websites for more information on Marshall County places of interest: Marx Toy Museum, Fostoria Glass Museum, West Virginia Penitentiary Tours, Grave Creek Mound/Delf Norona Museum and Strand Theatre. Please refer to the particular website for tour hours, etc. While the Strand is not yet open for tours, information is available on the history and reconstruction efforts of the Strand project. And visit The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce website for upcoming special events.

     As for the June 26 tours of the Cockayne House, Strand and WV Penitentiary, what follows are a few pictures showcasing the highlights of the day:


Susan Pierce views the fireplace
in the Cockayne Winter kitchen.


Karen Neubauer, Strand Historic Preservation Society
President, Betty Scott, Mayor of the City of Cameron,
Donna Chase, Strand Member and Judy Hunt, Cameron's
City Clerk, pose in the Cockayne front hallway.


Sharon DaRe, Jen Murdock and Alan Rowe listen as some
of the finer points of the Cockayne House are described.


Cockayne Committee member & hostess, Dorothy Dakan Sedosky,
at the S.W. corner of the Cockayne House.



Sharon West DaRe, Cockayne Committee Member,
stands in the balcony of the Strand Theatre


Susan Pierce looks over blueprints
in front of of a Strand floodlight.



Jennifer Murdock, Susan Pierce, Holori Schenker and Alan Rowe "pose"
before a mural painted by an inmate at the former West Virginia Penitentiary.


Pat Kleinedler, Moundsville Economic Development Council, takes Steve Avdakov
through one of the less picturesque portions of the old West Virginia Penitentiary.