The Cockayne Farmstead, in Glen Dale, WV, is a time capsule of rural American life and an active site of conservation and discovery. The Cockayne farm, once comprised of over 300 acres, served as the namesake of Glen Dale. And the Cockayne family were prominent early settlers in Marshall County, coming to western Virginia around 1800. Today, you can visit the family’s home, explore their ancient Adena burial mound, see the excavated privy, and learn about everyday life in the 1800’s. The farmhouse, yet to be restored, is teeming with original artifacts and beautiful works of art produced by the family. See layers of original wallpaper newly discovered by conservators, play our 1880’s piano, and experience what life was like in Marshall County. On November 19, they’re hosting a mother-daughter Victorian tea and in December, they host a Victorian Christmas! Free tours are available Mon-Friday 9-4 and by appointment on the weekend!
The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, in the heart of Historic Matewan, preserves and interprets artifacts and historical records of the local communities affected by the West Virginia Mine Wars, exploring historical events from multiple perspectives through the lives of ordinary people. The museum is located at 336 Mate Street in Matewan, in a building that still bears the scars of bullet holes from the Matewan Massacre shootout. Its offerings include exhibits about coal camp life, the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912-1913, the Matewan Massacre, the Miners’ March, and the Battle of Blair Mountain. Using audio, video, artifacts, maps, and historic photos, the museum simulates the journey that many mining families took as they began to organize to gain rights.
On October 7, the museum hosted a screening of “Matewan” in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary. Over 500 people attended the event and many others attended a Q&A with the film’s creators! Congratulations on your successful event, WV Mine Wars Museum! The museum has also recently hosted tours with young children in the community!
Founded in 2009, the Wyoming County Historical Museum celebrates the rich history of Wyoming County! Located in Oceana, the museum is completely free to visitors and has a multitude of unique items from a variety of eras including prehistoric, exploration, and settlement as well as local family histories. The museum engages the public through creative events and activities such as photo scavenger hunts, Civil War days, group tours, and kid-friendly activities at local schools. They welcome new volunteers, especially younger people so that the appreciation of history can continue for years to come. If you wish to support the museum, visit their Facebook page to see the many items for sale in their shop.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Craik – Patton House is a splendid example of Greek Revival architecture in the Kanawha River Valley of West Virginia. Constructed in 1834, the Craik- Patton House or “Elm Grove” as it was known then, was built downtown Charleston, Virginia, now West Virginia, by James Craik, grandson of Dr. James Craik close friend and personal physician to President George Washington. Later, the home was purchased by Confederate Colonel George S. Patton I, grandfather of WW2 General George S. Patton. It was moved twice but ultimately was saved by the National Society of Colonial Dames in America in the State of West Virginia and moved in 1973 to its current location.
Arthurdale was the first federal New Deal community. Begun in 1933, the project relocated desperate WV families and gave them a path to a better life. Eleanor Roosevelt was a major force behind the plan and stayed deeply involved with its people for years. It was sold into private hands during WWII.