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.

Rent Historic Center Hall

Spring meeting, birthday party, and wedding rentals for Arthurdale Heritage’s historic Center Hall on Rt. 92 in Preston County are now being scheduled for weekday/weekend use. Discounted rates for weekday use are offered. Capacity is 85 for a meal service (with on-site kitchen) and larger for meetings. Call the office at 304-864-3959 for availability.

Picture of the Center Hall

Arthurdale’s Historic Center Hall

Shop for Holiday Gifts

shoppersCelebrate the Season and find great gift items for your friends, family and home at the Craft Shop. It features regional artisan-made items just like it did in the 1930s and ’40s.

The Craft Shop will be open for special holiday weekend hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 27 and 28, December 5 and 6, December 12 and 13, and December 19 and 20.

Arthurdale Christmas cards and pottery, treenware, hand-painted saws and slates, knitted items, West Virginia glass, Marion Eiermann art, Mary Walker candies, notecards, retro aprons, antique jewelry, goat milk soap and so many more unique things are available.