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Fashion at the Turn of the 20th Century

  • Cockayne Farmstead 1111 Wheeling Avenue Glen Dale, WV United States (map)

Join us at the Farmstead as we begin our Hungry for History Summer Speaker Series for 2019!

Cockayne AmeriCorps member Kara Gordon and volunteer Debbie Barto will speak about the clothing in the Cockayne collection worn by the five fashionable Cockayne sisters.

In the late-nineteenth century, the five Cockayne sisters were talented, social, and certainly fashionable. They attended parties, operas and many other occasions where high fashion was required. But they were also farm girls who helped around the house and needed practical clothing as well.

The Cockayne collection still includes many of their garments, both practical and fashionable, in addition to fashion magazines and pattern books collected by the girls. Come explore the Cockaynes’ wardrobe and learn about how a Marshall County woman dressed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The presentation will feature both original Cockayne artifacts and authentic reproduction garments that can be handled and examined. From sweeping skirts to fancy hats, relive a past era of clothing to enter the fashionable world of the Cockaynes.

Come and enjoy our lunch and learn series Hungry for History, hosted by the Marshall County Historical Society at the Cockayne Farmstead. The speakers will start at noon and lunch will be provided following the presentation. Attendance is free and open to the public. Seating will be provided, but bring a lawn chair if you want extra comfort! IF POSSIBLE, PLEASE CALL AND RSVP. (304) 845-1411