OUR MUSEUM

See the collection and buildings at the New Deal Homestead Museum

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OUR EVENTS

We hold events and classes throughout the year

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OUR SHOP

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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

Office closes early Friday April 20th

The Arthurdale Heritage office will be closing early this Friday (April 20th) at 2:00 pm for weekend event preparation. We’ll see you Saturday in Masontown at the Elimination Dinner–doors open at 5 and dinner is at 6. We’ll be back in the office Monday!

Community Yard Sale 2018

The annual Arthurdale Community Yard Sale is Saturday May 5! 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

Cabin Fever Craft Show is back!

It may be playing hide and seek, but spring is just around the corner! Kick your cabin fever blues and join us at the Cabin Fever Craft Show Saturday, April 7th in AHI’s historic Center Hall. From 10 am – 4 pm, the Hall will be filled with talented West Virginian crafters and their handmade goods.

Upcoming Events

  1. Learn to Knit
    April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  2. Farmers Market Basket Class
    April 28 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm