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.

Fall Appeal Update & Thank You!

With your support we can continue to preserve and tell the unique history of Arthurdale, the New Deal, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s impact on our community.

We are in the midst of our Fall Appeal and want to thank all of our fantastic supporters who have already given.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, help us today by donating online via PayPal.

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Or mail your check to Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. to P.O. Box 850, Arthurdale, WV 26520

You Can Help!
Send your gift today to support the Center Hall repair project or the endowment fund (or both). Please let us know how you would like us to use your gift.

Center Hall repairs – This vital project will replace the rotting siding on the back wall of the right wing which allows water inside during storms. This is estimated to cost at least $12,000.

Endowment Fund – Another component to Arthurdale Heritage’s future success is the growth of the Maintenance/Staff Salaries Endowment Fund. This account’s interest earnings will help fund our staff salaries and maintenance needs.

Donors who give $50 or more are included in the Center Hall Donor List

Volunteers are 95% of what makes Arthurdale Heritage work.

Please volunteer your gift support to help reach this big goal.

1/2 Hog Silent Auction (2 halves available)

Arthurdale Heritage is auctioning off 2 halves of a Buckwheat Festival hog donated by Scott Ford and Steve Shaffer. Each half is approximately 90 lbs.

Bids may be placed online or at the office during business hours. Place your bid today for this fantastic locally-raised meat! You can rebid at any time until the end of the auction.

The top two bids win 1 half hog each. Bids start a $50.00.

Click here to Place Your Bid

The auction closes at 5:00 p.m. EST, Thursday, November 18, 2010. The winner will be announced the following business day. AHI accepts cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover for payment.

Arthurdale Farm Stand Update: Closed for the Season

Autumn begins Sept. 22 and our Farm Stand is closing for the season. It was a growing year for us, and we’d like to thank all our vendors for joining us. The participation was incredible!

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