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.

The Arthurdale Heritage Cookbook: Recipes, Memories, History

The Arthurdale Heritage cookbook features over 100 pages of favorite recipes from homesteader families and community residents! It also includes 30 pages on the historic project.
Try new recipes while also learning about the nation’s first subsistence homestead community. See photos of Eleanor Roosevelt, homesteaders and others involved in the New Deal project. It’s great for birthday, wedding and holiday gifts.

Cost is $19.95 plus $1.20 tax at the Craft Shop or office. Shipping rate varies from $6 to $11, depending on the destination, for a single copy. However, up to 4 copies will fit into a medium flat rate box for $12.65. Call the office at 304-864-3959 or email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org with questions or orders.

New Deal Festival – July 11, 2015 at 10am!

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Step back in time at the New Deal Festival on Saturday July 11 to celebrate the unique history of Arthurdale with a day of food, arts & crafts, living history, and more.  Tour the historic community on a hay wagon ride, stop by the antique car and tractor show, and see artisan demonstrations. The gates will open at 10am.

There will be a wonderful line up of blues, country, and folk music that will be playing on the Center Hall front porch. You can also wander through the museum buildings to learn more about the history of Arthurdale, and of course the celebration wouldn’t be complete without a visit from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt!

The festival also features a petting zoo, several children’s activities, a crafts market, horse-drawn wagon rides, and much more!

Like previous years, we’ll be giving you the option to buy advance tickets – link coming soon! Advance tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 – 12. At the gate, general admission is $8 and children ages 6 – 11 are $5. Children under 5 get in for free.

Remember, volunteers attend the festival for FREE! Contact the office if you are interested in volunteering to setup, work a shift at the event, or cleanup.

Join us for the 2nd Annual Roosevelt Run on August 8, 2015!

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Calling all runners and walkers! The Roosevelt Run is back and we hope you will be too!

Roosevelt Run - 5k Run/Walk: Run or walk a measured, timed course through Arthurdale’s beautiful historic district that is still dotted with original homestead houses. Make sure to wear your best 1930’s garb like aprons, hats, and ties to fit with the antique cars parked in the driveways! Also, you’ll want to be dressed appropriately to meet Eleanor Roosevelt and wander the living history museums after the race.

Fala’s Flee – 1 mile Kid’s Run: For those 10 years of age and younger, this 1 mile, untimed course will start shortly after the 5k. Everyone is a winner! Participants must be 10 years of age and under.

Pre-registration - by 7/19/2015: $20 (includes race t-shirt!)
Registration – after 7/19: $25
Fala’s Flee: $3

For more information and the answers to all of your questions, check out the official race website.