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.

Santa Visits Arthurdale on December 17

Santa is coming to town this Friday, December 17! The doors will open at 7:00 p.m and Santa will arrive on a fire truck at 7:30 p.m. Free cocoa and cookies will be served plus a gift from Santa for all good little girls and boys. Get a professional photograph taken with Santa! These will later be posted and available for purchase.

Santa with presents

Santa’s visit is hosted by the Arthurdale Tirekickers Club.

Homestead Quilters Guild

Preston County quilters are invited to attend the organizational meeting of the Homestead Quilters Guild on Monday, December 6 at noon.  Plans for Guild activities and future class offerings will be discussed in Arthurdale Heritage’s Center Hall along Rt. 92. Anyone at any skill level is welcome to attend!

On Monday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. a UFO meeting will be held in the Center Hall.  UFOs are unfinished objects, and members can bring their sewing machines and work with others to finish those items.

Local quilter Janet Collins is organizing the Guild and anyone with questions can call Arthurdale Heritage’s office at 304-864-3959.


Craft Shop Holiday Open House

The Arthurdale Heritage Craft Shop will hold holiday open houses on November 27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Dec. 4, 11, and 18 from noon – 4 p.m.

The volunteer-run shop located along Rt. 92 in Preston County features local and West Virginia made gift and home décor items including Marion Eiermann art, pottery, Arthurdale books and holiday cards, jewelry, and West Virginia art glass.

All proceeds benefit the historic preservation efforts for the nation’s first New Deal homestead subsistence community project championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

We look forward to seeing you there!