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.

Save the Date: Annual Raffle Dinner on April 20

This year’s Annual Raffle Dinner (previously named the Elimination Dinner) will take place at the Masontown Fire Hall on April 20th.  Hope to see you there!

Admission includes catered dinner, access to numerous raffles, prizes and a chance to win $1000!

Tickets are only $35 which admits one (1) for dinner and a chance to win money. You do not have to be present to win! Additional tickets for “dinner only” can be purchased for $15.00.

Tickets are available at the office, and you can also call to have them mailed to you: 304-864-3959.

Or Order Online!

Raffles and Auctions

  • “Greens Fees & Cart Rental for 4” prize donated by Alpine Lake Resort
  • Wood utensils donated by Allegheny Treenware
  • 20 piece set of turquoise Fiesta ware donated by The Homer Laughlin China Company
  • Handmade place mats donated by the Homestead Quilter’s Guild
  • Two mugs, a light blue utensil holder, a dark blue bowl, and a large purple bowl of Fiesta ware donated by Martha Summers and Jeanne Goodman
  • “Cotton Lady” Santon Sylvette doll was hand crafted in Provence and represents a traditional Provencal woman from the 1700s and 1800s donated by Deb Miller
  • Patriotic hot pads and oven mitts were made and donated by the Homestead Quilters Guild
  • Four handmade place mats were made and donated by the Homestead Quilters Guild
  • Half-size sampler quilt, donated by the Homestead Quilters Guild, is made with civil war reproduction fabrics
  • “Crazy for Spring” Lap Quilt, made and donated by Rhonda Braham of the Homestead Quilters Guild
  • Pottery bowl, donated by Martha Summers, and handmade by a WVU student
  • Bobby Flay’s Grill It and Alton Brown’s Good Eats 2: The Middle Years books donated by Martha Summers

Beautify Your home and Help Arthurdale Heritage Grow!

When you buy top-quality flower bulbs from Flower Power through our fundraising page, 50% of your dollars come back to AHI. It’s a win-win solution for you and us!

Browse the selection of flowers online, or stop by the office to look through the Flower Power catalog.

Go to AHI Flower Power Fundraising

Stained Glass Class with Dave Houser!

Learn how to make stained glass in one day at Arthurdale Heritage! The talented Dave Houser will teach you how to make your own Amish Quilt design pattern from start to finish- you even pick the colors.

Classes run from 9am to 4pm on Thursday April 3, Friday April 4 or Saturday April 5. Space is limited to 8 students per class, so sign up now at the office, online, or call 304-864-3959.

Class is $50 for AHI members ($60 for others) with everything included, and no extra charges.

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