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The Cockayne Farmhouse to host victorian wedding

Pictured are Alyssa Ebbert portraying Lida Cockayne and Christian Turak portraying Henry Taylor. They will be “married” Sunday. Photo Provided

GLEN DALE — On Sunday, the Marshall County Historical Society presents “A Cockayne Wedding: ‘A Day in the Life’ Living History Event.”

On May 17, 1870, Lida Cockayne (portrayed by Alyssa Ebert), daughter of Bennett Cockayne, married Henry C. Taylor (portrayed by Christian Turak) of Wheeling in the Cockayne Farmhouse. The society invites you to join in a recreation of that historic event on May 23.

Tour the farmhouse, meet the family members and find out all that went into planning a Victorian wedding.

As you move through the rooms of the house, you will meet many members of the Cockayne family, who will each discuss a different aspect of Victorian wedding customs, from wedding gifts, to breakfasts, to bridal gowns.

The whole house and everyone in it will be dressed as if they just stepped out of the year 1870 on that festive day, including flowers provided by Heller’s Flowers of Moundsville and costumes made for this event by Cockayne’s site manager, Kara Gordon. Then participate in the ceremony itself, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Henry C. Westwood (portrayed by the Rev. Chris Duckworth), outside under a tent on the lawn.

Tours will occur every 10 minutes throughout the afternoon.

Timed tickets should be purchased in advance, and tours will be limited in size to ensure social distancing.

The ceremony will be re-enacted at 2:30 and 4 p.m. Wedding cake and punch provided by Alexander’s On 7th will also be served to visitors on the lawn.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the farmstead at 304-845-1411. More details can also be found on Cockayne’s website or Facebook page.

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