Welcome 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.
- Posted May 17, 2016
Step back in time at the New Deal Festival on Saturday July 9 to celebrate the unique history of Arthurdale with a day of food, arts & crafts, living history, and more. Tour the historic community on a hay wagon ride, stop by the antique car and tractor show, and see artisan demonstrations. The gates will open at 10am.
There will be a wonderful line up of blues, country, and folk music that will be playing on the Center Hall front porch. You can also wander through the museum buildings to learn more about the history of Arthurdale, and of course the celebration wouldn’t be complete without a visit from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt!
The festival also features a petting zoo, several children’s activities, a crafts market, horse-drawn wagon rides, and much more!
Like previous years, we’ll be giving you the option to buy advance tickets – link coming soon! Advance tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-11. At the gate, general admission is $8 and children ages 6-11 are $5. Children under 5 get in for free.
Remember, volunteers attend the festival for FREE! Contact the office if you are interested in volunteering to setup, to work a shift at the event, or to cleanup. We can be reached at 304 864 3959 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Posted May 16, 2016
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.