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OUR EVENTS

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The Homestead Project of Arthurdale

Eleanor
Welcome 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. Read more about Arthurdale's history.

Arthurdale's Family Legacy

For those of us who have shared in life and career opportunities resulting from the Arthurdale experience, we need to serve as an example to others by providing for ongoing funding that will continue the legacy of Arthurdale for future generations.

Truly, all of us – the original homestead families and their descendants, Arthurdale residents, and friends of Arthurdale, including businesses – can make this happen. Families are encouraged to join together to provide this special support as a group... learn more about starting a Family Legacy

Help Us Reach Our Goal

Every donation helps us preserve the history and legacy of Arthurdale. Help us reach our goals with your donation today!

Salaries & Maintenance Fund

Salaries & Maintenance
40%

Endowment Fund
Endowment Fund
60%

Latest News

New donations for our collections

A BIG thank you to Tom Belmaggio for donating two photos, three reflectors, and two sets of post office boxes!! The reflectors were made in the forge and had come from Wagner house U3. The post office boxes are from the original post office, which was a part of our Center Hall complex, located right next to the Craft Shop. It is so neat to have these items back here to display! The post office likely moved to its current … read more

Rep. McKinley visits Arthurdale!

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. was honored to host Rep. McKinley, his wife Mary, and 14 staff members to celebrate our 18 county area being designated as the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area (AFNHA). Years of hard work and dogged determination by Rep. McKinley and members of AFNHA paid off and will bring a vast array of new opportunities to the area. This is a huge plus for regional tourism! To see the video of Rep. McKinley’s visit: https://www.facebook.com/RepMcKinley/videos/440556530022926/

Community Yard Sale 2019

The annual Arthurdale Community Yard Sale is Saturday May 11! Drive around historic Arthurdale and stop at the many houses that will be selling all sorts of treasures. Free maps with a list of sellers will be available outside the Visitors Center on Saturday morning. Want to add your house to our map? The deadline is Friday April 27 at noon. Registration is FREE! Call the office or email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org with any questions. Add your listing to the online form at your convenience … read more

Upcoming Events

  1. Elimination Dinner
    April 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm