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The Homestead Project of Arthurdale

EleanorWelcome 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.

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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: newdealfestival.org . 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 newdealfestival.org for more information.

SATURDAY, JULY 8

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

Noon

1:30 pm

3 pm

3:30 pm

  • Last horse drawn wagon ride begins

5:00 pm

  • Festival Concludes