New Deal Festival

2017 New Deal Festival Book available

Each year we publish a festival book where businesses who are AHI supporters buy an ad. Families connected to Arthurdale often remember their relatives and friends in the book. It is full of pictures and stories about early Arthurdalians and those who came after plus Eleanor Roosevelt stories.

This is the cover and a sample page from the 2017 edition. As long as supplies last, we can mail you a copy postpaid for only $5. (If you bought an ad, we mail you a copy for free.) It is also available during business hours in the office. 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

Thank You! A Successful New Deal Festival

At Arthurdale, history is fun. Those who came to the New Deal Festival on July 13 enjoyed the toe-tapping music, food, and demonstrations of historic crafts. Weaving provided employment for numerous homesteader families in the 1930s and ‘40s, and a new exhibit commemorates that connection to the past. Many enjoyed the horse-drawn wagon tour of the historic community. An eagle from the West Virginia Raptor Center made the children ooh and aah. The antique cars, trucks, and tractors on display did the same for their elders. Hope to see you at the next festival on July 12, 2014!

A HUGE THANKS to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped to make it a success. We cannot thank you enough, and we would not be able to host this event without you!

Check out event photos on our Facebook page.