Welcome 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.
AHI is currently collecting blankets, hats, and gloves for the ‘Day of Sharing’ sponsored by Preston County Starting Points Family Resource Center on January 24th. All collected items will be distributed to Preston County families in need. Stop by during office hours to drop off donations.
- Posted December 6, 2012
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The Arthurdale Tirekickers Club is hosting Christmas with Santa on Friday, December 14 at Arthurdale Heritage. Doors open at 7 p.m. and Santa arrives at 7:30 p.m. There will be free cocoa and cookies plus a gift for all good little girls and boys. A professional photographer will be taking photos, which will be available online for purchase.