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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

Pampered Chef Benefit Party

You’re invited to a Cooking Show party! Mark your calendar and invite a friend or two! Get ready to learn recipes and tips to make mealtimes simple and stress-free. Don’t miss out on the fun! Wine, cheese and hor d’oeuvres will be served. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to AHI to help pay for critical repairs to the historic Center Hall. Can’t attend the party? No problem! Start shopping right now online: https://www.pamperedchef.com/party/ArthurdaleHeritageOrders will be processed as … read more

2019 Cabin Fever Craft Show

Spring is on it’s way! Shake the winter blues and join Arthurdale Heritage at the annual Cabin Fever Craft Show on Saturday, March 23 10am-4pm. Browse the handmade goods of the talented West Virigina artists visiting Center Hall and find some treasures to take home. Grab a bite to eat at the free will donation lunch with some favorite recipes like Roger’s Sloppy Joes and Jeanie’s delicious soups plus homemade desserts and more. Visit the administration building for an art … read more

Dolores Ryan Art Show

Join us Saturday, March 23, 2019 for an exhibition of art of the late Miss Dolores Ryan. A former art teacher and artist, the Preston County native’s body of work displays an exceptional range of mediums and styles. Her art depicts subjects for every art lover, from folk art depictions of Americana, abstract, and natural depictions of Appalachian wildlife. Original artwork will be available for purchase at the AHI Craft Shop and at the show. Free admission to art show … read more

Upcoming Events

  1. Genealogy Workshop
    March 31 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm