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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.

Arthurdale Heritage Offers Free Admission on Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day

Visit America’s first New Deal Homestead Community

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Arthurdale Heritage will participate in Smithsonian magazine’s 6th annual Museum Day.  A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian’s Museum Day emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based properties. Doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors at museums and cultural institutions nationwide.

“We are pleased to join with hundreds of museums in celebrating Museum Day by extending our hours from 9am to 4pm and offering free admission with a Smithsonian ticket,” said Jeanne Goodman, Executive Director of Arthurdale Heritage.  “This is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase Arthurdale and its important part in America’s history.”

Arthurdale, the nation’s first New Deal subsistence homestead community, was established in 1933.  It provided a new chance at life for residents of North Central West Virginia who were suffering from the effects of the great depression.  Today, the community is a National Historic District.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt served as the empathetic force behind the project, was concerned with the families, and often visited the community.

This multi-building museum illustrates the story of Arthurdale as a New Deal Homestead.  There is a forge filled with original tools, a service station reminiscent of a bygone era, historic Center Hall, the original federal government administration building, and a fully restored Arthurdale homestead.

Visit www.smithsonian.com/museumday to download your Museum Day Admission Card. Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry. Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household.

For more information on Arthurdale and for driving directions, see “Visit Arthurdale.”

2010-11 Board of Directors Ballot

We are in the process of mailing members of Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. the 2010-2011 Board of Directors ballot, as well as an invitation to the annual dinner and information on changes we are planning for the organization’s by-laws.  We’re asking members to please fill out the ballots and return them by October 23.

Read the changes to the by-laws here: AHI By-Law Changes (revised September 2010)

The annual membership meeting and dinner is scheduled for Sunday, October 24 at 5:00 p.m.

Here are the nominations for the 2010-2011 Board of Directors: Read the rest of this entry »

News from the Arthurdale Farm Stand





Thanks to all our loyal vendors and shoppers!

We apologize for being amiss on last week’s newsletter, while we enjoyed the holiday weekend.  Come out and join the crowd this Saturday.  Don’t miss out on our end of the season specials!


Stoney Run Farms:

  • Butternut squash, tomatoes, red cabbage, leeks, brown eggs
  • fresh picked concord grape jelly, strawberry jam, elderberry jelly, wine vinegar
  • new this week:  Niagara (white) grape jelly!
  • herb rolls, peach preserves
  • dried hops (for beers and ale)
  • dried pineapple sage
  • dried coriander seeds
  • dried broad leaf sage
  • dried basil leaves
  • lavender blossoms
  • fresh rosemary

BUTTERNUT SQUASH BREAD: A  healthy yeast bread, with very little sugar and butter, this bread is great for slicing and toasting with honey.  It is a good source of fibre, vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. It is also an excellent source of vitamin A.

Myers Farms, CBM enterprises:
Farm fresh certified Eggs, Tomatoes, Zucchini breads, and more fresh treats.

Homemade Pastries:
Pepperoni Rolls, chocolate and berry muffins, cookies, brownies, and fudge.   Each week something new, request your favorites for next week!

New Day Bakery:
Rustic Italian, always a favorite! This is our house “white” bread – soft, moist, and enriched with olive oil. A classic Italian hearth bread that slices well for sandwiches, garlic bread, toast, you name it.  We have it sliced AND whole.

Onion Rye! A hearty old-world-style rye bread made chewy with coarsely-ground whole rye flour, flavored with caraway seeds and dried onion.

Sevengrain! Chewy, hearty, and wholesome, made with white, wheat, and rye flours plus flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and millet. A great everyday sandwich bread.

Try the BLUE Sevengrain: stuffed with blue cheese.

Walnut Wheat! A sourdough-style wheat bread with a higher percentage of levain than our other breads, flavored with walnuts and whole wheat flour.

3 Cheese & Spinach Ciabatta! Literally “slipper” in Italian. Made simply from flour, water, salt and yeast, this bread is soft on the inside and chewy on the outside, with large irregular holes throughout. It’s perfect for spaghetti dinners and for dipping in flavored olive oils.

AND by request this week:  Baguettes! Classic French loaves – long, thin and all about crispy, crackly crust. Using nothing more than flour, water, salt, yeast, patience and love, we evoke the buttery breads of the Parisian boulangerie.

This week’s Recipe:

Roasted Root Vegetables
c.1997, M.S. Milliken & S. Feniger, all rights reserved

Level: Easy

Serves: 6 to 8 servings


a.. 1/2 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into rough 1 inch chunks

b.. 1/2 pound celery root, peeled and cut into rough 1 inch chunks

c.. 1/2 pound beets, boiled, skin removed, and cut into rough 1 inch chunks

d.. 1/2 pound rutabaga, peeled and cut into rough 1 inch chunks

e.. 1/2 pound butternut or other firm squash, peeled and cut into rough 1 inch chunks

f.. 1 onion, coarsely chopped

g.. 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

h.. 1/2 bunch fresh oregano, leaves only, coarsely chopped

i.. 3/4 teaspoon salt

j.. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss all the ingredients together until they are well mixed. Transfer to a covered cast iron and enamel casserole or a baking dish and roast for about 30 minutes. Every 10 minutes stir the vegetables thoroughly. The vegetables are done when they are golden and caramelized, and can be easily pierced with the tip of a knife.

Printed from FoodNetwork.com on Thu Sep 9 2010

© 2010 Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Grilled Chicken with Roasted Garlic-
This week’s suggested recipe: submitted by Darlene Bolyard

Roasted Eggplant and Goat’s Milk Yogurt Dip

  • – 850 grams (30 ounces) eggplants, the smaller the better
  • – one clove garlic, peeled
  • – 120 ml (1/2 cup) goat’s milk yogurt (substitute sheep’s milk yogurt or plain Greek-style yogurt)
  • – ground cumin, to taste*
  • – ground chile pepper, to taste*
  • – salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste*
  • – a large handful of fresh cilantro leaves (a.k.a. coriander in some parts of the world), finely snipped

Makes about 240 ml (1 cup).

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Place the eggplants in a single layer in a shallow baking dish (or a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil), and prick them in a few places with a fork. Cut a small slit in the most bulbous part of one eggplant and slip the garlic clove inside. Roast for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until completely soft, turning the eggplants 2 or 3 times during the baking.

Set aside in a colander until cool enough to handle. Transfer each eggplant in turn on a cutting board. Cut a deep slit down the length of the eggplant to open it wide, and scrape the flesh using a wooden spoon. Discard the stem and skin, set the flesh aside (be sure to recover the garlic clove), and repeat with the remaining eggplants.

In the bowl of a food processor or blender**, combine the eggplant flesh, garlic, and yogurt, and season with cumin, chile pepper, salt, and black pepper. Process in short pulses until smooth. Fold in the cilantro, taste, and adjust the seasoning.

Cover and refrigerate for a few hours, if possible, to allow the flavors to develop. Serve with pita bread, or, in our case, fresh baguette. This also makes a fine sandwich/tartine spread, or a side to lamb meatballs or grilled fish.

* I’ve deliberately left out the measurements for the spices and seasonings: how much you need depends on how flavorful your eggplants and yogurt are, and on your personal preference. Start small, taste, and work your way up as needed.

** If you don’t own either, you can mash everything with a fork ; the texture will be chunkier and less dip-able, but it will still be good.


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