Free Tickets to Tour the New Deal Homestead Museum

As part of the Smithsonian Museum’s Ninth Annual Museum Day, tours of Arthurdale Heritage’s five-building homestead community museum and special exhibits on Rt. 92 in Preston County will be free on September 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Smithsonian ticket. Tickets are available at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket and must be presented for free admission. The Craft Shop, staffed by volunteers, features regional handcrafted items and will also be open. Over 1,400 museums will be open for free tours nationwide.

Top 20: Reason # 3

It’s the final three in our countdown of the top 20 reasons for you and your family to visit the New Deal Festival:

3. See original Shirley Temple depression glass

4. Admire quilts made by members of the Arthurdale Homestead Quilt Guild

5. Tour Eleanor Roosevelt’s private rooms in the Arthurdale Inn (now Hospice).

6. Reunite with old friends

7. See original electoral college ballots from the 1936 presidential election in the Fratkin Collection

8. Find out how to turn zippers into roses at the crafts market

9. Enjoy live music from four local bands

10. Climb aboard a horse drawn wagon and tour historic Arthurdale

11. Get up close to hawks, eagles, and owls from the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center

12. Visit a WWII military camp complete with original Jeeps

13. Make a button buzzer in the kid’s area

14. Look under the hood of a 60’s muscle car

15. Enjoy Arthurdale’s famous barbecue chicken dinners

16. Watch blacksmiths turn raw metal into a thing of beauty in the Forge

17. Listen to WV stories about Eleanor Roosevelt in the Esso Station collected by the Traveling 219 Project

18. Talk with children of original homesteaders and learn what pranks they liked to play on their neighbors growing up

19. Meet Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

20. Pet Eleanor the goat and meet her baby Anna