AHI

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.

An apple never falls far from the tree

And that’s exactly what we’re in search of! Calling all Arthurdale residents–of today and back when:

 

Do you know of old apple trees in Arthurdale? A volunteer has approached us about grafting the old varieties to save their history for future generations to enjoy. Were there apple trees on your homestead, a friend’s, or a neighbor’s? Is there an old apple tree on your property today? Let us know! We would love to save these old trees and local flavors.

If you know of apple trees in Arthurdale, have some on your property, or have a fond memory of apples in the community, please let us know. Email us at ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org or give us a call at the office–304-864-3959–we’d love to hear about it.

Limited Edition T-Shirts

We’re excited to extend the order for the limited edition “Arthurdale’s Angel” Eleanor Roosevelt t-shirt! Honor Arthurdale’s favorite First Lady and help AHI continue to grow! This exclusive image was created by a local artist and was inspired by 1930’s WPA art and movie posters. The image can be used only by permission of the artist. Now is your chance to pick up a unique tee for your self and your loved ones!

Order deadline is January 19th. Follow https://www.bonfire.com/arthurdales-angel-campaign/ to pick your favorite color tee and place your order.

Need a printable gift certificate to give before they arrive? Email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org with the shirt color you would like pictured.

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