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.

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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Learn How to Quilt! Quilting Class, Oct. 9

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

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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!