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.

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

Trick or Treat in Arthurdale

On Wednesday, October 31 Trick or Treat in Arthurdale will be from 5:30-7 p.m. AHI will provide refreshments and have costume judging for children of all ages after 7 p.m. at the Center Hall.

Kids from Valley Elementary School’s Service Club decorated over 100 bags filled with candy. The bags will be given out during Trick or Treat time.

kids decorating halloween bags