Arthurdale thrived in the 1930s, but by 1941, plans were underway to liquidate the community, and by 1947 all federal property had been sold. For the next 40 years, Arthurdale was like any other town in West Virginia. Over time, the community buildings at the town center changed owners, were neglected, and became deteriorated. A fire damaged some of the buildings in the 1970s and by the 1980s the buildings were derelict and unused by the public.
In 1984, Arthurdale residents came together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Arthurdale. A year later, they chartered a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Arthurdale, the nation’s first New Deal community. They named the organization Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. (AHI).
Since 1985, AHI has saved 5 of Arthurdale’s historic buildings, and there is more work to be done. Visit our Flickr to see more before and after photographs of AHI’s buildings, and to learn about the amazing work that AHI has done throughout the years to preserve the nation’s first New Deal community.