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.
- Posted January 10, 2015
Spring and Summer meeting and event rentals for Arthurdale Heritageâ€™s historic Center Hall are now being scheduled for weekday/weekend use. Discounted rates for weekday use are offered. Capacity is 100 for a meal service (with on-site catering kitchen) and larger for meetings. Call the office at 304-864-3959 or check here for availability.
- Posted November 21, 2014
Shop till you drop at the Arthurdale Craft Shop from noon to 4 p.m. on these Saturdays â€“
November 22 and 29 and December 6, 13 and 20
You’ll find great Arthurdale items and handmade art, jewelry, baskets, pottery, glass, knitted items, and other unique pieces from localÂ artisans for your home and holiday giving.