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.
From bluegrass to jazz, from Celtic to blues, an eclectic array of music is on tap at Arthurdale Heritageâ€™s 2012 New Deal Festival. Performing on the main Center Hall stage are: Soup Camel, Aurora Celtic, the Adam Loudin Group, and Falling Run Bluegrass Band. The New Deal Festival opens at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 14th with performances beginning at 10 a.m.
- Posted June 26, 2012
Explore the history at your back door. Celebrate Preston County History Day on Sunday, July 15 at five historical sites around the county.
View this county map (.pdf)Â for the locations.
Times and locations are:
- Arthurdale Heritage, a five-building complex representing the New Dealâ€™s first subsistence homestead project, (noon â€“ 4:00) on Rt. 92
- Kingwoodâ€™s James McGrew House, 1841 home built by the prominent businessman involved in the formation of West Virginia, (1:00 â€“ 3:00) on Rt. 7
- Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg featuring the World War II Museum, Preston County Sports Museum, and B&O bridges exhibit, cafÃ© and shops, (1:00 â€“ 5:00) on Rt. 72
- Terra Alta History House, with 3 floors of Preston County history exhibits, photos and genealogy records, 109 East Washington Street (1:30 â€“ 4:30)
- Tunnelton Train Depot Museum, the 1913 brick train station once operated by the B&O Railroad, (1:00 â€“ 3:00) on Boswell Street
Admission is charged at some sites.Â Future Preston County History Days will be observed on the third Sunday of each month through October 21.
Congratulations to Ron Brown for winning two passes to the 3rd annual Greenbrier Classic!
The passes are a $373 value andÂ include admission to the concert series as well, which will feature Toby Keith, Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, the Fray, and Bon Jovi.