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Eleanor Roosevelt's Little Village, Arthurdale, WV

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The Homestead Project of Arthurdale

EleanorWelcome to Arthurdale, the nation’s first New Deal homestead subsistence project championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The first homesteaders arrived in 1934 and each property was 2 – 5 acres in size to allow the families to raise food and livestock. Modern amenities not commonly available around the country at that time – electricity, indoor plumbing, and a refrigerator – were provided to all 165 homes constructed by the federal government as a way to help families during the Great Depression. This ground-breaking project’s public buildings have been restored by residents who appreciated this second chance at life and knew the value of preserving it. A five-building museum is now open to the public year-round to tell the special story of the First Lady’s legacy.

Summer Craft Shop & CoOp Store Hours

Shop at the Craft Shop for local and handmade goods, including jewelry, soaps, Arthurdale souvenirs, and other gifts. From May-October, the Craft Shop is open Saturdays 11am-3pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm. Or stop by the office Mon-Fri during regular office hours – the office will open the Craft Shop for you.

Shop for local and organic food including meats & eggs, jellies & jams, produce, snacks, teas & coffees, plus more, at the Arthurdale CoOp Store in the old Esso Service Station. Stop by and say hello to volunteer manager Lee Tuesday through Friday from 12pm to 4pm or Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

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Thank you to the Leroy Myers Family!

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Myers family in 2012

We thank the members of the Leroy Myers Family for their support of Arthurdale Heritage through the family legacy giving program.  Their dedication to remembering family members and to continuing the progress of Arthurdale’s preservation is deeply appreciated.  Learn more.