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.

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.

Bloom with us!

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Spring will be here soon, and that means sunshine, flowers, and gardening! When you buy top-quality flower bulbs from Flower Power through our fundraising page, 50% of your dollars come back to AHI. Make your garden the envy of the neighborhood while supporting our future growth!

Browse the selection of flowers online or stop by the office to look through the Flower Power catalog.