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.

Rent the Historic Center Hall for Summer Meetings and Events

Summer meetings and event rentals for the historic Center Hall are now being scheduled for weekday/weekend use. Discounted rates for weekday use are offered. Capacity is 100 for a meal service (with on-site catering kitchen) and larger for meetings. Call the office at 304-864-3959 or reserve online.

Last chance to be lucky!

Only one week left to buy tickets to our dinner. It’s good food and fun, with 13 chances to win $$$.

The Annual Raffle Dinner (an elimination dinner) is April 20 at the Masontown VFD. Tickets are $35, which admits one for dinner and a chance to win up to $1000. Additional “dinner-only” tickets are $15. Contact the office or purchase your tickets online.

Doors open at 5 pm. Dinner is at 6 pm with prize drawings to follow.

You don’t have to be present to win.

Great prizes for our raffles and auctions include:

  • A wine basket
  • Baseball game tickets
  • Prize hams
  • Fiesta ware
  • Lots of quilted items

Keep up with the prize donations on our Facebook page where you can see pictures of everything donated so far.

Community Yard Sale

Mark your calendars! Saturday, May 4 is the Community Yard Sale. Drive through historic Arthurdale and stop by the many houses that will be selling all sorts of treasures.

Maps with the list of sellers will be available outside the Visitors Center at Arthurdale Center Hall that morning.

Sign up here to get listed on the map so shoppers will know where you are.

Museum & Craft Shop Opening Weekend

The weekend of May 4 also marks the beginning of the summer tourist season, which means the New Deal Homestead Museum and Craft Shop will be open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Brush up on your Arthurdale history with a museum tour and check out the beautiful handmade crafts made by West Virginia artisans in the Craft Shop.

Summer Hours:
Tuesdays – Saturdays: 11 – 3
Sundays: 12 – 4