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.

Find Unique Holiday Gifts during the Arthurdale Festival of Trees

Stained glass ornaments, vintage Christmas ornaments, antiques, handmade soap and more will be available during the The Arthurdale Festival of Trees Christmas Market. This special one-day market will take place on December 1 in the New Deal Homestead Museum in Arthurdale, WV.  The Festival of Trees features tree and wreath auctions and raffles, a wine and cheese evening reception (November 30), family activities, and the Arthurdale Heritage Craft Shop Holiday Open House.

Participating vendors are:

  • Linda Kunkel of Work of Art Studio – stained glass
  • Heather Sawyer of The Little Earth Company – all organic bath & body products
  • Darlene Bolyard – Vintage Christmas ornaments and decorations
  • David Huxtable – Original Arthurdale items plus FDR mugs, original Roosevelt pins, and more
  • Dave Houser of Houser’s Stained Glass – holiday ornaments

We look forward to seeing you!

Want to support us by buying a tree or wreath but can’t make it to the festival?
Since bids are silent, you can call the office during the week or email us at ahi@arthurdaleheritage.com to place a bid. Just tell us the item you are bidding on, contact info, and your bid amount. If you wish, you can donate your item to a Preston County or Morgantown nursing home and we will deliver it for you.

View the gallery of trees and wreaths.

Questions, call 304-864-3959 or email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org.

Kick off Your Holiday Season at the Arthurdale Heritage Festival of Trees!

Arthurdale Heritage is inviting the public and local businesses to participate in a two-day holiday fundraising event. The Arthurdale Festival of Trees will feature fully decorated trees and wreaths donated by friends, supporters, and businesses. The trees and wreaths will be raffled just in time for the holiday season.

While you shop the Christmas Craft Market or the Arthurdale Heritage Craft Shop, your children can make fun winter crafts with an elf, enjoy cider, cocoa, other treats, and visit our petting zoo!

Tour the Forge & Administration buildings to bid on our donated, beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Set up and decoration of the trees will take place November 26-28 in the Arthurdale Forge and Admin buildings. Bidding will start on Friday, November 30 with a Wine and Cheese Opening Reception and tree showcase from 5-8 p.m. The bidding will continue on Family Day – Saturday, December 1 from 12-4 p.m. Refreshments will be offered during the event. Steve Marra will be taking family photographs. Sign-up here for your portrait!

Want to get involved?

If you can decorate & donate a tree or wreath or know a local crafter or business who might, would like to donate an appetizer, or can help out in some other way call AHI at 304.864.3959. Go ahead and register your tree or wreath donation online at http://www.arthurdaleheritage.org/festival-of-trees/registration/.

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1930s Style Quilt Raffle

Win this 1930s style quilt made by the Homestead Quilt Guild!! Made with authentic reproduction 1930s fabrics, the quilt has 12 quilt pattern squares and is approximately 7’x5.5′. Stop by the AHI office to see it and to purchase your raffle tickets. Tickets are $2 or 3 for $5. Contact the AHI office at 304-864-3959 if you would like tickets mailed to you. The drawing will be held during the Festival of Trees. Thanks so much to the members of the Homestead Quilt Guild for volunteering their time to make this beautiful quilt!

1930s Style Quilt