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 a Pillowcase!

Janet Collins will be teaching folks to make a simple quilted pillowcase on Saturday, January 29 at Arthurdale Heritage from 9am to noon. Bring your own machine and materials. Cost is $12 for AHI members and $14 for non members. All proceeds are donated to AHI. Call the office at 304-864-3959 for details or to register.

The Homestead Quilters Guild meets at Center Hall at Arthurdale Heritage, usually every other Monday once at noon and once at 6:30. Quilters at all skill levels are welcome. Currently, more advanced quilters are working on a sampler Underground Railroad quilt and beginners on a Tossed Nine Patch. Irons & press mats are supplied but quilters bring their own machines and materials. Quilters can also work on their own projects. The next meeting is January 17 at 6:30 pm and everyone is welcome.  Call the office for details at 304-864-3959.

“Beat the Heat” Barbecue and Chili Cookoff

Missing those summer cookouts? Hungry for char-grilled hamburgers and hot dogs? Join Arthurdale Heritage on Saturday, January 22 for our annual “Beat the Heat” Barbecue. This year we’re adding a Chili Cook-off in which contestants will share their own chili recipe for a chance to win $100! Festivities will begin at 2 p.m. at the Center Hall.

Door Fee – gives you access to taste and vote on the chili: $2.00 at the door for adults, children 5 to 11 – $1.00, kids under 5 – free.

We’re inviting our local chefs to come and share their chili with everyone. Participants can setup from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Contestants should bring at least 3 quarts of chili in a container, such as a crock pot or pan, and stand with Sterno to keep the food warm. We will provide sampling cups and spoons. The entry fee for the contest is $10.00. If you are a student interested in participating, the entry fee is $5.00. To participate in the chili cook-off, please fill out the online registration form at http://www.arthurdaleheritage.org/beat-the-heat/cookoff-registration/ .

We will also have our delicious char-grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, french fries, sloppy joes, baked beans, homemade desserts and beverages!

Bring the Kids!
A play area with games and toys for young children will be available.
Homemade baked goods will also be on sale. Our cooks are famous for their delicious pies, pepperoni rolls, pecan rolls and cakes!

The Arthurdale Craft Shop will also be open.

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

You can email us at ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org or phone the office at 304-864-3959.

Arthurdale Christmas with Santa Photos Now Online

Photos of Santa’s visit to Arthurdale are now online for you to view and download. You can also order prints!

Arthurdale Christmas with Santa Photos

Thank you to everyone who attended and especially to Saint Nick and the Arthurdale Tirekickers! Thanks to Steven Marra for donating his time to take pictures.

Merry Christmas!