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.

Learn How to Quilt! Quilting Class, Oct. 9

Learn how to make a fall tabletop runner from expert quilter & teacher Janet Collins.

Register for the Class Online

Class will be on Saturday October 9 from 9am to 2pm in Center Hall at Arthurdale Heritage. Janet will supply kits with pre-cut fabric pieces in fall colors which will be similar to the example shown. During class you will use the kit pieces to learn how to machine sew the top of your runner. (You will use your own base materials and batting at home to complete the runner.)

Free drinks will be available but you may want to bring a brown bag lunch or snack with you.

Class is limited to 12 people who have intermediate sewing skills. Cost is $40 and includes needed materials. There will be 2 sewing machines available so, if possible, please bring your own portable.

News from the Arthurdale Farm Stand

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Thanks to all our loyal vendors and shoppers! It’s not just Fall, it’s football season.. GO MOUNTAINEERS! Stop by for your favorite tailgate treats on your way to the game. Don’t miss out on our end of the season specials: pumpkins, corn stalks, indian corn, gourds and more decorations. Don’t forget it’s almost time for the Buckwheat Festival, too!

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.”