National Register of Historic Places Resurvey

Arthurdale Heritage is in the process of updating the National Register of Historic Places nomination, which was completed in 1989. The boundaries of the historic district will not be changing, but in order to have the most accurate and up-to-date information needed for the state, we will be doing a resurvey of the district.

A survey includes gathering information about the properties within the district, included but not limited to siding material, date of construction, and photos of the structures. This is particularly important for the original homestead houses, but this information will need to be gathered from ALL properties within the historic district.

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. will be hosting a town hall meeting to discuss the process and answer any questions the community has. If you are unable to make it to the meeting but would like to speed up the process, there is a simple google form that you can fill out at https://forms.gle/1SS1qZNJ8FK62BWK7 that will provide AHI with the necessary information to update the register.

Want to get more involved in a very important historic research project? There is plenty of need for volunteer help to complete the nomination. Please contact us at lauren@arthurdaleheritage.org if you are interested in volunteering!


Community Christmas Contest

Let Arthurdale Heritage help get you in the Christmas spirit this holiday season! 

Join us on Sunday, December 15th for a festive evening of Christmas decorations, a fun contest, open museum exhibits, hot chocolate and cookies, and performances by the Preston High madrigal choir!
 
Families and homeowners in the community are encouraged to partake in Arthurdale’s Christmas Decoration Contest. Voters will drive around, awe at the wonderful decorations, and vote for three categories: Best Traditional Christmas, Most Creative, and Best Light Display. Top winners of each categories will receive a $20 Visa gift card and an award/ornament made by Terry Day!
 
Want to register your house? The deadline is Friday December 13 at noon. Registration is FREE! You can add your house to the online form at your convenience, drop by the office, or give us a call.
5-6:30 Drive around & judge houses
6:30-7:30 Madrigal choir and refreshments

Christmas House List and Form

 


Veteran Memorial Plaques Made by Homesteader Descendant Terry Day

In honor of Veteran’s Day, homesteader descendant Terry Day has graciously handcrafted these memorial plaques of veterans buried in the Arthurdale Cemetery.  These beautiful pieces commemorate those who fought for our freedom. Local residents Jennifer Bonnette Funk and Lorraine Weaver volunteered their time to take the photos for Terry to work from, and we are so thankful for their efforts!

Posted below are the names of the plaques already made. Only one was made for each individual, but more can be requested as Terry has generously offered to make any additional or specialized plaques. Those additional or specialized plaques can be purchased from the Craft Shop at a suggested donation of $20, which includes all shipping costs. Local family members can pick up their relative’s plaque from the Arthurdale Craft Shop. Hours are Mon-Friday 10-4. Open Saturday’s between Nov. 30-Dec.20 from 11-3. If you do not live locally, please email us and we can arrange shipping if you’d like. The dimensions of the plaque are about 3×2 inches.

NOTE: AHI will be closed  Nov. 25-29.

 

  • AULT, FRANCIS LEWIS
  • ANDERSON, BERNARD
  • BARGER, WILLIAM
  • BELMAGGIO, JOSEPH
  • BELTZ, CHARLES
  • BOGGS, HERSHEL
  • BONNETT, CLIFFORD
  • BONNETT, LEO
  • BONNETT, ROBERT
  • BORN, REX
  • BUCKLEW, LESLIE
  • CAMPBELL, HENRY
  • COGAR, BURTON
  • DALTON, RICHARD
  • DAVIS, JAMES
  • DAVIS, PAUL
  • DAVIS, RAY
  • DEBASTANI, MARIO
  • DEVINCENT, ALFRED
  • DIXON, RICHARD
  • ESTEP, ROBERT
  • FITCHETT, CHARLES
  • FORMAN, HAROLD
  • HARDY, JAMES
  • HARTSELL, JAMES
  • HARTSELL, ROBERT LEE
  • HEIS, JOHN
  • HELSEY, CHARLES
  • HOLIPSKI, KASMIR
  • HOLMAN, DONALD
  • JOHNSON, CHARLES
  • KNIGHT, WILLIAM
  • KRETOSKI, JOSEPH
  • KYLE, LOY
  • LAMBERT, WILLARD
  • MARTIN, DALE
  • MAXWELL, CREED
  • MAYFIELD, ALBERT
  • MAYNE, MELVIN
  • MAYOR, GEORGE
  • MC NEAR, ICHARD
  • MCGINNIS, LLOYD
  • MCLAUGHLIN, JOSEPH
  • MCLAUGHLIN, JOSEPH JR
  • MCNAIR, HARRY
  • MCNAUGHTON, CHARLES
  • MCNELIS, WILLIAM
  • MENEAR, WALTER
  • MENEAR, CHARLES
  • MYERS, LEROY
  • MYERS, RICHARD
  • NICHOLSON, ALLEN
  • ORD, CHARLES
  • ORD, JAMES
  • PERKINS, JOHN
  • RADABAUGH, EDGAR
  • RILEY, ALSTON
  • RILEY, RICHARD
  • ROSCOE, JOSEPH
  • SATTERFIELD, CLARENCE
  • SAZENSKI, EDWARD
  • SHAFFER, MILLARD
  • SHAW, LORAL
  • SHROUT, HARVEY
  • STEVENS, LEROY
  • SYPOLT, GEORGE
  • TENNANT, ROBERT
  • TRESS, BRUNO
  • TRESS, ERNEST
  • TRIPPET, CARL
  • TURNLEY, CARRA
  • TURNLEY, RICHARD
  • VANAMAN, ROBERT
  • WARNICK, OLIVER
  • WATKINS, GARY
  • WEAVER, JESSE
  • WHITTAKER, FRED
  • WILES, HARRY


Craft Show and Fall Festival October 26th

It’s that time of year again! Arthurdale Heritage’s annual Craft Show and Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 26th from 10-4 pm. Beautiful, handmade items from WV artisans will be for sale in our historic Center Hall and outside on the lawn. After shopping, take the kids on a hay ride or to get their face painted. They can also visit our homestead goats, and we will be telling spooky West Virginia ghost stories for older children.

In addition, Arthurdale resident and author Ann Pancake will be autographing copies of her novels from 10-12pm. A professor of creative writing at West Virginia University, her works focus on Appalachian stories. Come meet her and check them out!

Hungry? Delicious, homemade food will be available including Roger’s famous sloppy joe’s, Jeanie’s homemade potato soup, Dyanna’s cheesy broccoli soup, desserts and much more.

Haven’t had a chance to tour our museum yet? Our New Deal Homestead Museum and Homestead House will be open and available for you to tour! In our Forge we will also have the Appalachian Blacksmiths giving demonstrations.

FREE ADMISSION, FREE PARKING, GREAT FUN!

       

 

 


Beautiful Day Lilies Donated to AHI

A HUGE thank you to Brenda Gould for donating over 20 day lilies to AHI! Master gardeners, Brenda, Susan Bell, and Melinda Shrout took the time to plant each and everyone of them on a very hot day. The day lilies look so wonderful planted outside our office and Center Hall and we can’t wait til they start blooming next summer. Thanks again, Brenda, for a gift that keeps on giving!

 

 


Arthurdale Contractor Wins Preservation Award!

Congratulations to Jeff Zinn of Gerald C. Zinn & Son for being awarded the Rodney Collins Preservation Achievement Award by the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia. Jeff was awarded for his fantastic preservation work at Arthurdale Heritage over the years, and we are lucky to have him working to maintain the six historic buildings in our care.

Jeff Zinn is unparalleled as a contractor, as a preservationist, and as a dear friend and supporter of AHI. His work along with his team’s is always high quality, historically accurate, and beautiful. During tours, visitors almost always comment on how fantastic our buildings have been kept up, and that is in large part, thanks to Jeff and his team. Their projects at Arthurdale have ranged from fixing a small leak to full-scale restoration.

Jeff is a huge supporter of AHI as well, often times donating his time, supplies, and knowledge to Arthurdale. His roots run deep in this community, not just because he works all throughout the Arthurdale, but because his grandparents, Martin Luther & Relda Marie Zinn, were original homesteaders here in the mid-1930s. Since then, the Zinn family has been living and working in Arthurdale, a legacy Jeff is proud to continue. Congrats Jeff and thank you!


Cancelled (will be rescheduled in the Spring)Fairy Garden Party Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 21 at AHI

On Saturday, September 21st from 11am-2pm, AHI will be hosting its first Fairy Garden Party. Bring your kids out to enjoy a magical afternoon filled with fun activities in our Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Garden and in our historic Center Hall!

We will have wand and crown making stations, DIY terrariums, scavenger hunts, and other fun crafts and activities. There will be great snacks, drinks, and a nice woodland tapestry to make the perfect backdrop for your little fairies!

Kids are encouraged to dress up, use their imagination, and enjoy a nice afternoon at AHI.

Admission is $15 per child and all proceeds go towards our Center Hall restoration efforts.
handmade gift bags,

handmade charms,

wand making activity,

crown making activity,

scavenger hunts,

& MORE!