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.

AHI Annual Easter Egg Hunt

You are invited to this year’s Easter Egg Hunt for ages pre-school to fourth grade. The event will be held at the Arthurdale Center Hall on Sunday, April 1 at 2:00 pm. This event will include an Easter Bonnet Contest. Children can wear their most festive bonnet/hat for a chance to win a prize!

In the event of inclement weather, the Easter Egg Hunt will be moved indoors.

For more information, contact AHI at 304-864-3959.


A History of Coal Mining in Scott’s Run Presentation

Visit the Morgantown History Museum (MHM) to see “The Way We Worked,” a traveling Smithsonian exhibit about the diverse array of jobs that power our society. MHM is hosting companion programs including a presentation about the history of coal mining in Scott’s Run which will be on January 28, the last day the exhibit will be on display.

View “The Way We Worked” Program



Arthurdale Aerial Photograph Makes Perfect Holiday Gift

Arthurdale Heritage is selling framed and unframed aerial photographs of Arthurdale. Taken in October 2011, this photograph makes a wonderful gift for all who are fans of Arthurdale. Framed copies for pick-up are available only in December. Unframed copies can be mailed in a sturdy tube for the same price. An example of the photo is in the office.

Call 304-864-3959, email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org or drop by the office to order.

Size and Price

16×20 – $75

18×24 – $125

20×28 – $150

24×36 – $195

Aerial Photograph of Arthurdale

October 2011, Aerial Photograph of Arthurdale