Last baby goat yoga class this season!

We are glad to announce another chance for goat yoga!

An additional date for goat yoga has been scheduled for Sunday, March 18 from 3-4 pm with instructor Holly Groves. Don’t miss a chance to do yoga with this year’s baby goats–they’re yoga masters! This will be the last session of goat yoga this year. Our kids are growing up so fast!

Class size is limited to 25–reserve your space today!

$45 / $40 for AHI members. Prepayment required. RSVP by contacting the office.

See more at the Facebook event!


Baby Goat Yoga coming to AHI

One of our baby goats practicing with mom!

UPDATE! Last chance this season! 

An additional date for goat yoga has been scheduled for Sunday, March 18 from 3-4 pm. Don’t miss a chance to do yoga with this year’s baby goats! This will be the last session of goat yoga this year. Our kids are growing up so fast!

$45 / $40 for AHI members. Prepayment required.

See more at the Facebook event!

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Oct 15 is Preston County History Day

Preston County History Day allows everyone, young and old, to appreciate the contributions of earlier Prestonians. Open for tours on Sunday, October 15 will be Arthurdale Heritage from 1:00 – 5:00; in Kingwood, the James McGrew House from 1:00 – 3:00 and the Preston Academy, 2:00 – 5:00; Szilagyi Center museums in Rowlesburg, 1:00 – 4:00; and three outdoor Civil War Trail sites in Aurora and Rowlesburg. Some sites charge admission. Parking is free.

Craft Show and Fall Festival

Join us on Saturday, October 21st from 10-4 for a day of beautiful, handmade crafts and fun! Get a jump on your holiday shopping too.  What’s better than original artwork, jewelry, glass, pottery or fabric artwork as a gift for the holidays?

Master Weaver and Americorps volunteer, Jane Gilchrist, will help you weave your very own rug!

Kids of all ages will enjoy listening to JoAnn Dadisman tell WV ghost stories on the porch of our museum house.  Afterwards, take a hay ride around historic Arthurdale or enjoy some delicious homemade soups, pastries or one of Roger’s famous sloppy joes!

Members from the Appalachian Blacksmiths Association will be demonstrating in our historic Forge and making items to sell.

Other activities include face painting, old time children’s games and of course, our homestead goats, donkey, & chickens will be here!  We hope you can join us!

Homestead birdhouse raffle

Enter the raffle for a chance to win a homestead birdhouse! Handmade by the talented Terry Wright to look like E-15 and the Arthurdale Wagner homesteads, this birdhouse is a great keepsake for any Arthurdale lover. Raffle tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, or 15 for $10! More houses will be for sale in the Craft Shop. The drawing will be held Monday July 31. Continue Reading

New Deal Festival 2017

The New Deal Festival is just around the corner! Join us in celebrating the New Deal, those who came before, and the history of Arthurdale. Find out more on the festival at the event website: . Gates open at 10 am and the day will be filled with four live music groups, craft show, antique car and tractor show, hay and wagon rides, kid’s activities, farm petting zoo, and much more! New this year is a feedsack installation in the E-15 homestead, more farm animals and kid’s activities, and historic selfies with vintage dress ups.

See a full schedule of events below and visit for more information.


Roads close at 8 am

10 am

  • Flag ceremony
  • Gates open
  • Outdoor Craft Market opens
  • AHI Craft Shop in Center Hall complex open
  • Arthurdale Co-Op Store in Esso station open
  • Antique Car, Truck, & Tractor Show registration begins
  • Museum Buildings & Exhibit open

10:30 am

  • MUSIC: 18 Strings
  • FOOD: Center Hall and Lawn Food Lines open
  • Kids Activities & Farm Zoo opens

11 am

11:30 am

  • Welcome from Eleanor Roosevelt


1:30 pm

3 pm

3:30 pm

  • Last horse drawn wagon ride begins

5:00 pm

  • Festival Concludes

Quilt documentation comes to Arthurdale

Save the story of your family quilts or other ones that you cherish. 

The WV Quilt Documentation Project is recording the history of quilts made in—or currently residing in—West Virginia.
A documentation day is being held at the Arthurdale Inn (now WV Caring offices) on July 8 during the New Deal Festival–this FREE event does not require a New Deal Festival pass. During the free event, trained volunteers will examine and photograph quilts plus collect details of the quilt and its maker. Even if the maker is unknown, quilts still have many stories to tell!

It will be in the original Arthurdale Inn (now West Virginia Caring offices) from 10 to 3. Make an appointment with Vicky Graham by calling 304 329-2626 or emailing

Information collected about the quilts will be added to the archives at the WV Division of Culture and History in Charleston. Photographs and some information will be uploaded to a national online database—The Quilt Index—that is used by scholars and educators. Personal information about quilt owners is kept confidential.

For more details, visit the Documentation Page on the WV Quilters, Inc. website at

Celebrate 2017 Preston County History Day on third Sundays June-October

Celebrate 2017 Preston County History Days on the third Sundays June – October

Learn more about the amazing history in your backyard during Preston County History Days on June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15.

Arthurdale Heritage, a five-building museum complex representing the New Deal subsistence homestead project championed by Eleanor Roosevelt, including a restored homestead, on Rt. 92.  Craft Shop also open.

— 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

— Open all dates


Fairfax Manor, Col. John Fairfax’s 1818 Georgian two-story stone house with many original fittings, on Rt. 26 one mile north of Kingwood.

— 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

— Open July 16 and August 20 only


James McGrew House in Kingwood, 1841 brick home built by the prominent businessman involved in the formation of West Virginia.  Gift shop also open.  Along Rt. 7

— 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

— Open all dates


Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg featuring the World War II Museum, Preston County Sports Museum, B&O bridges exhibit, Emporium and café, on Rt. 72

— 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

— Open all dates

Preston County History House in Terra Alta with three floors of Preston County history exhibits and photos, including genealogy records, 109 East Washington Street

— 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

— Open all dates


Tunnelton Train Depot Museum is a 1913 brick train station constructed for the B&O Railroad.  Nearby are two historic train tunnels, Boswell Street (from Rt. 26, in the center of town, go through the short underpass and the train depot is on your left).


— 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

— Open June through September


Plus three outdoor Civil War Trail sites in Aurora and Rowlesburg.