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

Arthurdale Heritage will be closed on Monday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day

The Arthurdale Heritage Visitor Center and Craft Shop will be closed Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. If you’re interested in a tour, visiting, or have any questions, we will resume regular business hours on Tuesday!

Craft Show and Fall Festival October 26th

It’s that time of year again! Arthurdale Heritage’s annual Craft Show and Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 26th from 10-4 pm. Beautiful, handmade items from WV artisans will be for sale in our historic Center Hall and outside on the lawn. After shopping, take the kids on a hay ride or to get their face painted. They can also visit our homestead goats, and we will be telling spooky West Virginia ghost stories for older children. In addition, … read more

Beautiful Day Lilies Donated to AHI

A HUGE thank you to Brenda Gould for donating over 20 day lilies to AHI! Master gardeners, Brenda, Susan Bell, and Melinda Shrout took the time to plant each and everyone of them on a very hot day. The day lilies look so wonderful planted outside our office and Center Hall and we can’t wait til they start blooming next summer. Thanks again, Brenda, for a gift that keeps on giving!    

Upcoming Events

  1. Yoga Class with Holly
    November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. Yoga Class with Holly
    November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm