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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

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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

Preservation of Center Hall Continues

Our wonderful community is blessed for so many reasons. One is the strength of support for its nationally important historic buildings. We appreciate each and every donation; large or small and every volunteer. We appreciate the National Park Service and the WV State Historic Preservation Office for their partial funding of the replacement of siding on the back of our beautiful Hall.

Craft Show and Square Dance October 23!

Join us on October 23rd to shop at the Craft Show and join us in the free Community Square Dance! There will be fun for all ages with games for kids to participate in during Craft Show hours and live music for the Square Dance! Craft show, fiber art and blacksmithing demonstrations are from 9-3. Kids activities are from 11-2. Community square dance is from 4-6 pm. Be like Mrs. Roosevelt and dance in our historic Center Hall! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDMc_1vBd24

Closed for maintenance

Arthurdale Heritage museum will be closed to tours on Friday, July 23rd, 2021. During this time we will be doing some much-needed maintenance work. We apologize for any inconvenience, but please visit us at a later date! We are open Monday thru Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. To be guaranteed a tour please call ahead at 304-864-3959 or email us at americorps@arthurdaleheritage.org