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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.

2017 New Deal Festival Book available

Each year we publish a festival book where businesses who are AHI supporters buy an ad. Families connected to Arthurdale often remember their relatives and friends in the book. It is full of pictures and stories about early Arthurdalians and those who came after plus Eleanor Roosevelt stories.

This is the cover and a sample page from the 2017 edition. As long as supplies last, we can mail you a copy postpaid for only $5. (If you bought an ad, we mail you a copy for free.) It is also available during business hours in the office. Read the rest of this entry »

Homestead birdhouse raffle

Enter the raffle for a chance to win a homestead birdhouse! Handmade by the talented Terry Wright to look like E-15 and the Arthurdale Wagner homesteads, this birdhouse is a great keepsake for any Arthurdale lover. Raffle tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, or 15 for $10! More houses will be for sale in the Craft Shop. The drawing will be held Monday July 31. Read the rest of this entry »