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The Homestead Project of Arthurdale

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.

The Smithsonian exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America is a traveling exhibit that examines past, present, and future in rural communities. Arthurdale is one of seven sites in West Virginia chosen to host Crossroads, and it will be on display here from December 13, 2021 - January 21, 2022.

The exhibit is open Monday-Friday 10-3 and Saturday 9-5.

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Holiday Open House

We will be having our Holiday Open House in the Craft Shop on Saturday, December 4 from 9-5! Come check out all our locally made items and shop small this holiday season! Featured West Virginia artisan Maureen Donnelly of Wood Mountain Dreams will also be demonstrating how she makes some of her items from 10-4.

Closed for Thanksgiving

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. will be closed Monday, November 22 to Friday, November 26. During this time, we will not only give thanks but will be preparing for the upcoming Smithsonian exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” that is coming to Arthurdale on December 13th. PS: We will reopen on Saturday, November 27th. Come visit us and shop local on Small Business Saturday from 10-3!

Homesteader Descendent Profile: Terry Day

Terry Day’s father, Robert, “Bob,”  Day, called Arthurdale “Utopia.”  For Terry Day, a homesteader descendent on both sides of his family, growing up in Arthurdale was a treasure that he did not fully appreciate until years later.  Both sets of Terry’s grandparents, the Rebers and the Days, were original homesteaders who came to Arthurdale in the 1930’s.   I spoke with Terry via Zoom to find out what it was like growing up in “Eleanor’s Little Village.”   More than read more

Upcoming Events

  1. Special Exhibit: Richard Mine
    December 6 - December 18
  2. Pre-School Art Class
    December 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Family Art Class – Rustic Santa
    December 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm