Historic preservation may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of activism, but it actually is one of the longest-running and most successful activist movements in the United States. One of its first successes was the preservation of George Washington’s Headquarters Site in Newburgh, New York in 1850. Another was Washington’s home in Mount Vernon, Virginia in 1858.
A geothermal system breathes new life into an historic West Virginia farmstead, showcasing an innovative approach to cultural preservation.
The Cockayne Farmstead is an historic home and preservation project located near the banks of the Ohio River in West Virginia. Once a thriving sheep ranch belonging to the prominent and successful Cockayne family, the dwelling was named to the National Historic Registry in 2002.
When the house came into the custody of the Marshall County Historical Society, it was a living museum, stocked with over 1,500 artifacts dating back to 1850. But without a central heating or cooling system, they were in jeopardy.