Celebrate 2019 Preston County History Days on every third Sunday from June – October

Learn more about the amazing history in your backyard during Preston County History Days on June 16July 21August 18September 15, and October 20. The Arthurdale Heritage Museum will have free admission to the museum for Preston County residents during the regular hours of 1 – 5 p.m.

        Some sites charge admission; parking is free.

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.

Aurora Area Historical Society, in its new building, features collections ranging from old-time retail and farming to manufacturing and home life, as well as extensive groups of area photos, at 23904 George Washington Highway (Rt. 50).

  • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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.

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.

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.

Tunnelton Train Depot Museum is a 1913 brick train station constructed for the B&O Railroad and an extensive collection of artifacts.  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.

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


Hoof it through history at the Goat Gallop 5k

The 2019 Goat Gallop 5k Run / Walk is just around the corner and we can’t wait! Join us on Saturday, June 15 for a gallop around historic Arthurdale with the herd. Celebrate the history of Preston County by enjoying an event in the heart of Eleanor Roosevelt’s “Little Village”.

Registration will be open online and onsite until the event.

Register online at runsignup.com/Race/WV/Arthurdale/goatgallop5k or stop by the office for paper registration. Visit the race website goatgallop5k.wordpress.com  for more information!


You’re invited to Mr. Moran’s 100th birthday celebration!

Long-time Arthurdale resident Lawrence K. Moran will be 100 years old on Saturday, April 20! His family is hosting a celebratory reception for friends and neighbors at our historic Center Hall from 2-4 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 21.

Mr. Moran was born on an Easter Sunday, April 20, 1919. He has lived in Arthurdale for nearly 74 years and raised his family of four children here. Many residents will remember him as the person they called each year to plow their gardens and mow their fields. Others will remember him as the janitor they knew as “Dimples,” when they attended the Arthurdale schools. His wife, Carmalita, passed away at 94 years old in 2016. Their children, Sue, Sherrie, Kathy, and Kenny, will be at the reception. 
Friends and neighbors are welcome!


Community Yard Sale 2019

The annual Arthurdale Community Yard Sale is Saturday May 11!

Drive around historic Arthurdale and stop at the many houses that will be selling all sorts of treasures. Free maps with a list of sellers will be available outside the Visitors Center on Saturday morning.

Want to add your house to our map? The deadline is Friday April 27 at noon. Registration is FREE! Call the office or email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org with any questions. Add your listing to the online form at your convenience (click here or the link below), drop by the office, or give us a call.

Community Yard Sale 2019 List and Form 



Pampered Chef Benefit Party

You’re invited to a Cooking Show party! Mark your calendar and invite a friend or two! Get ready to learn recipes and tips to make mealtimes simple and stress-free.
Don’t miss out on the fun! Wine, cheese and hor d’oeuvres will be served.
All proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to AHI to help pay for critical repairs to the historic Center Hall.
Can’t attend the party? No problem! Start shopping right now online:
https://www.pamperedchef.com/party/ArthurdaleHeritage
Orders will be processed as soon as they are placed and quickly SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO YOU!


2019 Cabin Fever Craft Show

Spring is on it’s way! Shake the winter blues and join Arthurdale Heritage at the annual Cabin Fever Craft Show on Saturday, March 23 10am-4pm. Browse the handmade goods of the talented West Virigina artists visiting Center Hall and find some treasures to take home. Grab a bite to eat at the free will donation lunch with some favorite recipes like Roger’s Sloppy Joes and Jeanie’s delicious soups plus homemade desserts and more. Visit the administration building for an art show of works by late Preston Co. artist Dolores Ryan–original pieces from her collection will be available for purchase. Admission and parking are free! We’ll see you there.

https://www.wboy.com/community/noon-interviews/baby-goat-yoga-and-craft-show_20190320164709/1863681875

Dolores Ryan Art Show

Join us Saturday, March 23, 2019 for an exhibition of art of the late Miss Dolores Ryan. A former art teacher and artist, the Preston County native’s body of work displays an exceptional range of mediums and styles. Her art depicts subjects for every art lover, from folk art depictions of Americana, abstract, and natural depictions of Appalachian wildlife. Original artwork will be available for purchase at the AHI Craft Shop and at the show.

Free admission to art show and Craft Show in the Center Hall is complementary. Lunch will be available through free-will donation.


Pottery class—Christmas ornament

Learn how to make your own unique ornaments by using
an ancient pottery-making technique, “slab building” that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using the hands, fingers, and simple tools.

Instructor Susan Ramey of The Arts Council of Preston County has graciously offered to teach one of her popular classes at Arthurdale Heritage!
*All materials provided including clay, glaze and firing
*Minimum of 4, maximum of 16 students
*$40 AHI members, $45 non-members
Payment due in advance. This class will fill up quickly so please register ASAP!
Examples of pieces that can be made are in the comments.
To register, send payment via PayPal to ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org or via our secure website: https://arthurdaleheritage.org/shop/
or in person at the AHI office at 18 Q road, Arthurdale WV. (The office will be closed Nov. 22 and 23).


Halloween Spooktacular Stories October 27th

October 27th will come alive with all things that “go bump in the night” as West Virginia Storytelling Guild members gather at the Center Hall in Arthurdale for an evening of spooktacular tales. At 6:00pm on Saturday, Oct. 27, in the great Hall, 5 tellers from across the state will spin a favorite tale from the ghost tale genre, each attempting to “out-tell” the others.

The featured tellers for this event are seasoned tellers, all. Stas’ Ziolkowski from Shepherdstown WV started telling stories about scientists and mathematicians. Realizing how much his students enjoyed learning in this special way, Stas’ continued telling throughout his 40 years in science and math classrooms. He has also told legends, fairy tales, historical and personal stories at churches, lodges, social gatherings, and festivals in each of the three states he and his wife have lived during the past two decades. Scary stories are a particular favorite. Expect to hear tales of the unexpected, tales that cross the oceans and tales from the grave.For more than 25 years, storyteller Katie Ross and her musician husband Otto have been presenting highly interactive storytelling programs at places such as churches, festivals, schools, civic organizations, libraries, and retreats. They call their duo “Stories by the Score.” Katie tells the tales and Otto plays the accordion, banjo, or guitar as part of the presentation. Katie tells all kinds of stories: inspirational, tall tales, personal, multicultural, etc. Since moving to West Virginia 13 years ago, she has especially enjoyed weaving tales of ghostly encounters in the local area. One of her favorites is “Haunted House Bend”, a tale of the C & O Canal in the eastern panhandle. Katie has won several awards, and she successfully auditioned to be a regional teller at the 2013 National Storytelling Network’s Annual Conference. Katie and Otto live in Mineral County, WV.
June Zugar Riffle, currently from Fairmont and a Preston County native, told stories for more than 20 years as part of the tandem-telling duo known as The Mountain Echoes. This evening’s event brings her out of retirement, as she will be telling a Preston County ghost story as well as a southern West Virginia tale about a dark creature looking for his tail.

Jason Burns of Morgantown is former president of the WV Storytelling Guild and the founder of the WV Spectral Heritage Project that seeks to collect, record, and perform ghost and monster stories indigenous to the state. He conducts ghost tour walks throughout WVU’s campus each fall. His tales are bound to come from within our state’s borders!

Finally, Jo Ann Dadisman from nearby Gladesville has been telling stories for half a century. She is dedicated to preserving the practice of storytelling throughout the state and has appeared at libraries, schools, and parks, for festivals and family reunions. The ghost story is one of her favorites because it reveals so much about the people, places and events that developed the mountainous region we call home.