Celebrate 2018 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 17July 15August 19September 16, and October 21.

        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.
  • Open all dates

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.
  • Open all dates

Old Hemlock, country home of renowned outdoors author and Old Hemlock Setters’ breeder, George Bird Evans.  Seven-room stone/log house constructed in 1782. 17098 Brandonville Pike.

  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Open September 16 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 June through September

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.
  • Open June through September

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


Hoof it through history at the Goat Gallop 5k

The 2018 Goat Gallop 5k Run / Walk is just around the corner and we can’t wait! Join us on Saturday, June 16 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”.

Pre-registration closes Friday June 1st; this special pre-registration guarantees an event t-shirt and saves $5! 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!


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 14 during the New Deal Festival–this FREE event does not require a New Deal Festival pass.  Appointments are required and can be made by contacting Kathy Opel via email (Kopel@yahoo.com) or by calling 304 329 1287.  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!

Quilt information and photos will be stored both in the archives of the WV Division of Culture and History in Charleston and on the national online data based, QuiltIndex.org .  Personal information about quilt owners is kept confidential.

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


Community Yard Sale 2018

The annual Arthurdale Community Yard Sale is Saturday May 5!

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 2018 List and Form 


Cabin Fever Craft Show is back!

It may be playing hide and seek, but spring is just around the corner!

Kick your cabin fever blues and join us at the Cabin Fever Craft Show Saturday, April 7th in AHI’s historic Center Hall. From 10 am – 4 pm, the Hall will be filled with talented West Virginian crafters and their handmade goods.

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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.