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.

Register for the Arthurdale Heritage Golf Scramble

We are excited to announce the Arthurdale Heritage Scramble as the first annual benefit. The event takes place on Sunday, July 15 at the Preston Country Club. Registration is $200 per team. Prizes will be given to the top 3 teams. Prizes go to the long drive and closest to pin teams. Mulligans are $10 each and 2 per player. There will also be a 50/50 raffle drawing.

We also hope to see you at the New Deal Festival on Saturday, July 14.

Thanks to David Cook, Patrick Crogan, and the Pro Shop for coordinating this benefit.

Register online or call the AHI office at 304-864-3959. After July 11 contact David Coon at 304.692.6622 to register. Limited registration may be available at 1 p.m. on the 15th at the country club.

Eventbrite - Arthurdale Heritage Scramble

Windows Workshop is Now Free!

In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. is pleased to offer a two-day historic windows weatherization demonstration project this Friday and Saturday at the E-15 Homestead in Arthurdale.

Participants will see a window restoration PowerPoint presentation on the National Park Services’ 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 workshop will be held on June 1 and June 2 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Participants can attend one or both days.

Please pre-register by calling 304-864-3959 or emailing ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org

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2012 New Deal Festival

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 ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org.

View the NDF 2011 gallery photos!