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In November, 2001, Samuel A. J. Cockayne, a lifelong resident of Glen Dale, Marshall County, West Virginia, and a descendent of an early pioneer to the area, passed away. In his will, he bequeathed his aging 1850's farmhouse and its immense collection of 19th and early 20th Century Cockayne furnishings, artwork and other family memorabilia to the City of Glen Dale, which town bears the name of the farm. The City subsequently leased the property to the Marshall County Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, for the Society's preservation efforts.


The Cockayne Farmstead is owned by the City of Glen Dale, and managed by the Marshall County Historical Society. Built ca. 1850 by Bennett Cockayne, the 11-room house is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was occupied by the family until the passing of Sam Cockayne, who was the great-grandson and last descendant of its builder, in 2001. 

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Conservators are specially trained in chemistry, art history, and hands-on artifact care and act much like a doctor for artwork and artifacts. When working on an item, a conservator’s goal is to stabilize and protect the object not to make it look brand new. In addition, conservators strive to ensure whatever is done to an object is reversible, in order to protect the object’s integrity.   


Conservation should not be confused with restoration. Unlike restoration, whose common goal is to make an object look new, conservation works to stabilize, clean and protect an object.

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