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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

Inside the Museum Web Series

Arthurdale Heritage might be closed to the public, but our AmeriCorps have been working hard to bring you unique online content! AHI has launched a new web series, uploaded on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page, that will share with you all Arthurdale’s unique history. Our fully guided tour gives you a very in-depth look at Arthurdale and the homesteaders, but there is so much more we want to share with you all. We will be exploring artifacts in read more

Growing up in Arthurdale – A History of the Eble Family by Gwynne Mesimer

Gwynne Mesimer is the daughter of Reverend Charles Eble, who used to be the pastor of Arthurdale Community Presbyterian Church. She shared her story with us, which we are now sharing with you all! She details moving to Arthurdale, some of the community members who impacted her, and her reflections on her family. Have a story you would like to share with us? Email ahi@arthurdaleheritage to give us a glimpse into life in Arthurdale – during any decade.    I was read more

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Urge Congress to Support Museum Community Economic Relief

Upcoming Events

  1. – CANCELLED -Cabin Fever Craft Show
    March 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  2. Yoga with Holly
    April 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  3. – Cancelled – Baby Goat Yoga
    April 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm