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The Smithsonian exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America will be on display from December 13, 2021 - January 21, 2022.

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The Homestead Project of Arthurdale

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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.

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Closed January 17

Arthurdale Heritage will be closed on January 17 due to the predicted snowstorm and MLK Day. We hope to see you later in the week!

Closed January 6

We will be closed on Thursday, January 6, 2022. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Closed for New Year’s

Arthurdale Heritage will be closed Friday, December 31 for New Year’s. We will reopen on Monday, January 3rd. Come visit us and see our Smithsonian exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America.

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