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

Giving Tuesday at AHI

Great news! Starting precisely at 8 AM EST tomorrow Facebook and PayPal will match donations up to $7 million world wide!   Thanks to YOU, we have made incredible strides on our historic preservation efforts this year, specifically on our beloved Center Hall.   In 2020, however, we need $93,000 to complete critical repairs to its porch beams and roof, the back of the Craft Shop, and to the deteriorating roof on our museum building.   Please help us continue … read more

AHI Closed for Thanksgiving

Arthurdale’s Craft Shop and Visitor Center will be closed for the week of Thanksgiving, November 25-29. The Craft Shop will be open November 30th 11-3pm, starting our Saturday Holiday Hours. Additional Holiday Hours are: Saturday, December 7th 11-3pm Saturday, December 14th 11-3pm Saturday, December 21st 11-3pm Happy Holidays and have a great Thanksgiving!

National Register of Historic Places Resurvey

Arthurdale Heritage is in the process of updating the National Register of Historic Places nomination, which was completed in 1989. The boundaries of the historic district will not be changing, but in order to have the most accurate and up-to-date information needed for the state, we will be doing a resurvey of the district. A survey includes gathering information about the properties within the district, included but not limited to siding material, date of construction, and photos of the structures. … read more

Upcoming Events

  1. FREE Yoga with Holly
    January 8, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. Yoga with Holly
    January 15, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  3. Yoga with Holly
    January 22, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm