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.

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


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Help Give a Newborn a Good Start in Life!

Arthurdale Heritage is helping to collect donations for a Baby Shower to be held October 15 at the Kingwood Extension Office. Each year Starting Points Family Resource Center helps growing families by giving them a basket of needed baby items plus resource materials.

During the shower, family members go to mini-workshops on issues that deal with family health, baby safety, abuse prevention, childcare, and other topics that may improve the children’s chances of growing up in a safe and happy environment.

Through funds from UniCare, a Medicare medical insurance program, Starting Points buys big-ticket items like pack-n-play beds, strollers, and car seats for door prizes.

Drop off donations at Arthurdale Heritage during office hours or call Martha White at Starting Points (329-1965) to leave them at their office.

Needed Items

  • baby bottles (not with liners)
  • teethers
  • small stuffed animals (safe for babies)
  • pacifiers
  • rattles
  • baby socks
  • baby hats
  • small baby powder, lotion, wash, diaper rash ointment
  • thermometers
  • nail clippers
  • baby washcloths
  • bibs
  • baby spoons
  • receiving blankets
  • burp cloths
  • small packages of baby wipes
  • cloth diapers
  • diaper pins
  • baby clothes (up to 9 months)