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.

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!

Coupon Books For Sale

Arthurdale Heritage is selling these massive coupon books as a small fundraiser. (They cost $30 and AHI gets to keep $10).

All of the offers are for local/regional businesses and are good through next October.

I’ve attached a flyer to show what businesses are in them – the parentheses after the company name shows how many offers are available.

They are an excellent bargain – besides offering hundreds of discounted meals, they also have bargains on golf, Pirates tickets, flowers, Pittsburgh airport parking, dry cleaning, etc. Most deals are buy one, get one so taking advantage or 2 or 3 offers pays for the book.

Download- 2011 Coupon Book Flyer.PDF

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.