Take Out Creamed Chicken and Biscuits Lunch

Our last take-out dinner was so successful, we’re doing it again! Support Arthurdale Heritage while enjoying a delicious homemade meal, Sunday July 12th. The meal includes creamed chicken over biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans, and a dessert. It can be picked up anytime from 11am-2pm.

Adult tickets are $10, and children are $5. This dinner is a take-out only dinner. Volunteers will be wearing masks, gloves, and taking all the necessary steps to remain clean and safe. As you arrive to Arthurdale to pick-up your meal, volunteers will bring it out to your car for you!

Our last dinner was so delicious, we sold out! Make sure to reserve your meal ahead of time by purchasing tickets at www.arthurdaleheritage.org/shop

Any questions please email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org or call (304) 864-3959.


Arthurdale Heritage Playground Project

We have an exciting new project in the works here at AHI and we want your input!

AHI is thinking of ways to engage with children not only in Arthurdale, but in the greater Preston and Monongalia Counties. We are seeking the community’s view on the building of a playground at our site which would have educational components and be appropriately themed to reflect the unique story of Arthurdale and its homesteaders. Please fill out this short survey to let us know your thoughts. If you’re interested in becoming involved in the project or volunteering your skills, we want your help! #EleanorsLittleVillage #ThisPlaceMatters

If you have any questions, please email lauren@arthurdaleheritage.org


2020 Virtual Goat Gallop Results are in!

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s virtual Goat Gallop! Results are attached below.

Overall Female – WalkCaldwellCathy
Overall Male – WalkKelchJeremy
Overall Female – RunReynoldsSuzanne
Overall Male – RunCerboneLowell
11-14 Female RunFunkMadeline
30-39 Female WalkKelchLisa
40-49 Male RunFunkSheldon
40-49 Female RunTraceyAmanda
40-49 Female WalkBolyardMelissa
50-59 Female RunDurhamEmma
60-69 Female WalkLambertDiane
60-69 Male WalkLambertMike

Goat_Gallop_5K Overall Walk Results

Goat_Gallop_5K Overall Run Results


2020 New Deal Festival Cancelled

We have sad but necessary news to share with you all. After much thought, we have decided to cancel our 2020 New Deal Festival in order to keep our community safe. The New Deal Festival is our favorite event every year, as we get to reconnect with those that have moved away and celebrate the story and community of Arthurdale. We apologize for any inconvenience, but know that we are all eager to celebrate with everyone again in 2021.


Construction Begins at Arthurdale

Urgently needed repairs were finally able to begin thanks to YOUR generous support! YOU helped us raise $25,000 to make this project a reality. Total project cost is almost $50,000!

Your support combined with 50% matching “federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and administered by by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History” has made this preservation possible. Thank you so very much!! #ThisPlaceMatters #ArthurdaleHeritage #EleanorRoosevelt #NewDealCommunity

Operations continue here as we work to reopen June 1.

 

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“Virtual” Goat Gallop 2020

Hello gallopers!

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have decided not to hold our Goat Gallop 5k in the traditional manner. This year, you’ll be able to walk/run the course in Arthurdale OR from your hometown! Participants will have from May 20 – June 20 to complete the race in one of two ways.

If you want to participate in the virtual 5k, simply register through our Run Signup page and complete the course from any location. Participants in the virtual race can still competitively upload their times.

Your second option is completing the 5k in Arthurdale with an interactive course map powered by the app RaceJoy. To do so, register through Run Signup, download the RaceJoy app, and search for “Arthurdale Heritage Goat Gallop.” As you run through Arthurdale’s charming historic district, you will learn about some of the unique aspects of our community through audio snippets. While the goats won’t be running with you this year, the course runs past them and we encourage you to say hello!

Questions? Email goatgallop5k@gmail.com

*COVID 19 policy: Your safety is important to us. Participants have an entire month to run the course, so we ask that if you encounter another runner please practice safe social distancing. The courses run through the neighborhoods of Arthurdale, but please be aware of any vehicles or potholes. Stay safe and have fun!


AHI Will be Participating in #GivingTuesdayNow

You may already be familiar with the #GivingTuesday usually held the week after Thanksgiving, which calls for global giving. This is an adjunct event to that, promoted by the same organization in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Held on May 5th, it will be a day of unity and giving to help with the effects of worldwide shutdowns. AHI will be participating in this event! We have a few fun things planned for the day, so keep an eye on our Facebook for updates.

Unlike the #GivingTuesday event in December, however, there will be no corporate matches.  This means we need your help even more!  Don’t forget to also spread the word – the more people who participate, the better.  Make sure to use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow with the capital letters on posts so others can see how we are participating.  Mark your calendars and join us on May 5th!

Add it to your calendar here.


Inside the Museum: New Videos!

In Monday’s video, join our AmeriCorps Marissa as she explores the different styles of homestead houses in Arthurdale. Learn about the struggles the builders faced initially and what makes each homestead unique!

 

The foundation of the Arthurdale Homestead Community was subsistence agriculture. In Wednesday’s video, learn how the homesteaders supported themselves and their families through farming.

 

It’s another Fairfax Facts Friday! In this week’s video, learn how the Fairfax Cabin was used by the different owners of Arthurdale’s land – and see a very special Fairfax artifact!


This week’s videos: The Arthurs, Becoming a Homesteader, and Fairfax Facts Friday

Ever wonder how “Arthurdale” got its name? Watch this video to learn more about the history of the Arthur Family and how their land would become the site of the first New Deal Homestead Community in the United States.

Youtube: The Arthurs

Who were the original homesteaders? In this video, learn how Arthurdale’s homesteaders were selected and about the Homesteader Test.

Youtube: Becoming a Homesteader

It’s our first Fairfax Facts Friday! Watch this video to learn about John Fairfax, a colonel and friend of George Washington who owned the Arthurdale land long before Richard Arthur or the federal government.

Youtube: Who is John Fairfax? 


Inside the Museum Web Series

Arthurdale Heritage might be closed to the public, but our AmeriCorps have been working hard to bring you unique online content! AHI has launched a new web series, uploaded on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page, that will share with you all Arthurdale’s unique history.

Our fully guided tour gives you a very in-depth look at Arthurdale and the homesteaders, but there is so much more we want to share with you all. We will be exploring artifacts in our archives and some of Arthurdale’s story we don’t have time to share during the tour – like Arthurdale’s connection to John Fairfax.

Do you have any questions or specific interests that you would like to hear us talk about? Email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org with your suggestions!

Our Youtube channel