GLEN DALE - The Marshall County Historical Society has planned a variety of events at the Cockayne Farmstead on Wednesday in conjunction with West Virginia's 149th birthday festivities.
In addition to tours of the house, 1111 Wheeling Ave., Glen Dale, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., there will also be an opportunity to view an archaeological dig at the site and a variety of children's games. Adult games will include bocce from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., horseshoes from noon to 2 p.m. and croquet from 1-3 p.m.
Free cake and ice cream will be served during the day. In addition, Samuel A.J. Cockayne and his wife, Hannah, will be portrayed by Cockayne Farmstead Program Director Tom Tarowsky and his wife, Judi.
At 6 p.m., a catered picnic dinner will be served with storyteller, humorist and impersonator Stephen Hollen entertaining as Mark Twain. He will also be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to meet with visitors.
The picnic will be held in a tent on the north lawn of the farmstead. As guests arrive, Appalachian music will be played by Richard Greenlee, dean of Ohio University's Eastern Campus.
The buffet menu will include barbecued chicken breasts, pulled pork, rolls, baked beans, potato salad, fruit salad and apple cobbler. Beverages will include lemonade and iced tea. Catering will be by Dianna's Cakes and Catering. Reservations are still available by calling 304-845-1411 or 304-281-0980.
Jane Klug, president of the historical society, said, "Taking history to the people is what the Historical Society is all about. June 20 is a special day in our state's history. At the farmstead, we've planned several special events to commemorate the day, and we hope the community will join in the fun."
Tom Tarowsky added, "We are very pleased to be the focal point for West Virginia Day celebrations in Marshall County. It promises to be a great day, with a little something for everyone who is interested in history."