Farmhouse Porch Gets a New Coat of Paint


The porch of the Cockayne Farmhouse got a new coat of paint this past weekend thanks to two local Preserve WV AmeriCorps members and a dedicated group of volunteers. AmeriCorps members Kellie White and Kara Gordon organized the project as one of their Civic Service Projects designed to benefit the local community in which they are spending a year of service. The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia's Preserve WV AmeriCorps program is a statewide service initiative dedicated to preserving West Virginia's history. Members of this program serve at many historic sites throughout the state. Kellie White is currently serving with the West Virginia Association of Museums, while Kara Gordon is the AmeriCorps member serving at Cockayne Farmstead this year.

“Preserve WV AmeriCorps requires that one of our Civic Service Projects be oriented towards historic preservation, and so I loved being able to organize a project to benefit the Cockayne house, where I am currently serving,” Gordon noted. “It is such a fascinating local historic site, a true window into Glen Dale’s past. It’s important that we continue to take care of it and preserve its story.”  “The porch was looking a little sad,” added White, who is also currently a student in the Building Preservation Program at Belmont Technical College, “but with a fresh coat of paint it looks like new again. Preservation is always an ongoing effort.”

Several veteran Cockayne volunteers participated in the project, lending both their time and expertise to keep the local landmark in good repair. As a result, the porch of the farmstead is ready to continue to welcome visitors for years to come.


History Heroes 2018

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Meet West Virginia’s History Heroes 2018 from Marshall County: Jonathan Turak, Christopher Turak, Louis Khourey, and Harold Vitale!

Pictured: Delegate Joe Canestraro, Harold Vitale, Jonathan Turak, Christopher Turak, and Delegate Mike Ferro.

Louis H. Khourey, Jonathan E. Turak, Christopher M. Turak: This team has worked behind the scenes to assist in the preservation of the Cockayne Farmstead from its beginning, enabling the project to exist and thrive. The three men were instrumental in the society recovering significant plots of land to create the farmstead, and they introduced committee member to influential people who have helped the project over the year. Monthly committee meeting are held at their offices. For the past three years, Khourey, Turak, and Turak have been major financial sponsors of the farmstead’s annual golf scramble, organized by the team’s staff. Nominated by the Cockayne Farmstead.

Harold E. Vitale: Spent four decades teaching history to hundreds of high school students in the Marshall County school system. This work has added to the Marshall County Historical Society’s success by creating the core foundation that helps bring interested individuals to society functions. He also has been a loyal supporter of the public programs offered by the society through his attendance and interaction with participants. Nominated by the Marshall County Historical Society.