Investing in History with Geothermal

Investing in History with Geothermal

A geothermal system breathes new life into an historic West Virginia farmstead, showcasing an innovative approach to cultural preservation.
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Friday, May 8, 2015 - 6:00am

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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.

Under the direction of Program Director Tom Tarowsky, the farmstead’s exterior has been restored, including the replacement of the slate roof and rehabilitation of the front porch. A new geothermal heating and cooling system, featuring a Bosch heat pump unit, dehumidifier and sophisticated control system, moderates the indoor environment, protecting the artifacts and making it comfortable for visitors. Set to reopen this spring, the Cockayne Farmstead is well on its way to becoming the educational and cultural center Tarowsky and the rest of the project’s enthusiasts envision.