The Cockayne Farmstead
FROZEN IN TIME – a glimpse into life in the 19th Century at the Cockayne Farmstead
Built by Bennett Cockayne ca. 1850 and enlarged in the 1890’s, the Cockayne farmhouse was once the focal point of a 300-acre, highly successful and internationally recognized Merino wool producing farm.
Owing to the reclusive lifestyle of Sam Cockayne, a WWII veteran and the last of his family, the National Register listed farmhouse is unchanged from that 1890’s restoration and contains over 3500 original family artifacts. The exterior of the house has been restored; the interior has been “frozen in time” and is an active site of conservation.
Immerse yourself in the culture of a well-to-do West Virginia family; see 19th Century family artifacts including furniture, clothing, shoes, toys, jewelry, crockery, original artwork and more; examine an abundance of historic documents; explore our ancient prehistoric earthen mound and learn about the preservation process.