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.

Plan Your Event or Meeting at the Unique Historic Center Hall

Spring and Summer meeting and event rentals for Arthurdale Heritage’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.

Picture of the Center Hall

Arthurdale’s Historic Center Hall

Happy New Year from AHI!

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We wish you all the best in 2015 and hope you have a warm and safe winter!

Shop for Holiday Gifts!

Shop till you drop at the Arthurdale Craft Shop from noon to 4 p.m. on these Saturdays –

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 local artisans for your home and holiday giving.

 

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