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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

  Celebrate 2018 Preston County History Days on the third Sundays June – October

Learn more about the amazing history in your backyard during Preston County History Days on June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21.         Some sites charge admission; parking is free. Arthurdale Heritage, a five-building museum complex representing the New Deal subsistence homestead project championed by Eleanor Roosevelt, including a restored homestead, on Rt. 92.  Craft Shop also open. 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Open all dates Old Hemlock, country home of renowned outdoors author and Old Hemlock Setters’ breeder, George Bird Evans.  … read more

Hoof it through history at the Goat Gallop 5k

The 2018 Goat Gallop 5k Run / Walk is just around the corner and we can’t wait! Join us on Saturday, June 16 for a gallop around historic Arthurdale with the herd. Celebrate the history of Preston County by enjoying an event in the heart of Eleanor Roosevelt’s “Little Village”. Pre-registration closes Friday June 1st; this special pre-registration guarantees an event t-shirt and saves $5! Registration will be open online and onsite until the event. Register online at runsignup.com/Race/WV/Arthurdale/goatgallop5k or stop by … read more

Quilt documentation comes to Arthurdale

Save the story of your family quilts or other ones that you cherish.  The WV Quilt Documentation Project is recording the history of quilts made in—or currently residing in—West Virginia. A documentation day is being held at the Arthurdale Inn (now WV Caring offices) on July 14 during the New Deal Festival–this FREE event does not require a New Deal Festival pass.  Appointments are required and can be made by contacting Kathy Opel via email (Kopel@yahoo.com) or by calling 304 329 1287.  During … read more