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.
Mark your calendars for the 2012 New Deal Festival! The event will be held on Saturday, July 14. We are now recruiting WWII Reenactors, vendors, artisans, and volunteers. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at 304-864-3959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. is pleased to offer a two-day historic windows weatherization demonstration project on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at the E-15 Homestead in historic Arthurdale.
Participants will see a window restoration PowerPoint presentation on the National Park Servicesâ€™ best practices describing Class I, II, and III methods of historic windows restoration followed by a windows steam chest demonstration showing the basic steps to rehab a wooden window by preservation historian, Lynn Stasick. Window preservation expert Phil Davis of Allegheny Restoration will conduct a windows weatherization demonstration, providing participants hands-on experience in weatherizing wooden windows.
The Arthurdale Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 5. Maps of the Preston County historic community will be available at the Arthurdale Heritage office along Rt. 92 during the day.