Eleanor Roosevelt Farm Women’s Club minutes from 1938 to 1946

The Eleanor Roosevelt Farm Women’s Club was the first women’s club established at Arthurdale after its founding.  The women of Arthurdale held important roles and organized several committees such as the school committee and the weavers’ room as actions of civic engagement. It was through through these committees and clubs that homesteader women contributed to their new community and made their voices heard on a similar level to those being heard from the all-male Homesteader’s Club. By contributing to civic discourse, the women of the Farm Women’s Club actively engaged with their community by working to carve out the idyllic community out of the difficulties of the Great Depression. Below, you’ll find a handful of the original meeting minutes taken by the women of the Farm Women’s Club detailing the events of the club, who participated, and how each meeting was run.


Take Out Creamed Chicken and Biscuits Lunch

Our last take-out dinner was so successful, we’re doing it again! Support Arthurdale Heritage while enjoying a delicious homemade meal, Sunday July 12th. The meal includes creamed chicken over biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans, and a dessert. It can be picked up anytime from 11am-2pm.

Adult tickets are $10, and children are $5. This dinner is a take-out only dinner. Volunteers will be wearing masks, gloves, and taking all the necessary steps to remain clean and safe. As you arrive to Arthurdale to pick-up your meal, volunteers will bring it out to your car for you!

Our last dinner was so delicious, we sold out! Make sure to reserve your meal ahead of time by purchasing tickets at www.arthurdaleheritage.org/shop

Any questions please email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org or call (304) 864-3959.

Betty Jo Bonnett Atkins passed away

We have sad news to share. On June 23, Betty Jo Bonnett Atkins passed away at age 89, daughter of Robert and Iva Bonnett. Her brother, Claude Bonnette, was an original homesteader in Arthurdale on Lot B-5, and Betty Jo graduated from Arthurdale High School. She is remembered for her caring spirit, her love of animals, and her love of travel, which took her to four different continents. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years Earl “Bud” Atkins, and two sons, Richard Atkins and Edward Atkins. She is survived by two of her children, Carol and David, David’s wife Carolyn, and Betty Jo’s daughter-in-law Vicki Atkins.

AHI Closed for the Fourth of July

Arthurdale Heritage will be closed on Saturday, July 4th, in observance of the holiday.  We will reopen on Sunday, July 5th, with our usual tour hours, 1-5pm.  Have a great holiday and weekend!

Arthurdale Heritage Playground Project

We have an exciting new project in the works here at AHI and we want your input!

AHI is thinking of ways to engage with children not only in Arthurdale, but in the greater Preston and Monongalia Counties. We are seeking the community’s view on the building of a playground at our site which would have educational components and be appropriately themed to reflect the unique story of Arthurdale and its homesteaders. Please fill out this short survey to let us know your thoughts. If you’re interested in becoming involved in the project or volunteering your skills, we want your help! #EleanorsLittleVillage #ThisPlaceMatters

If you have any questions, please email lauren@arthurdaleheritage.org

2020 Virtual Goat Gallop Results are in!

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s virtual Goat Gallop! Results are attached below.

Overall Female – WalkCaldwellCathy
Overall Male – WalkKelchJeremy
Overall Female – RunReynoldsSuzanne
Overall Male – RunCerboneLowell
11-14 Female RunFunkMadeline
30-39 Female WalkKelchLisa
40-49 Male RunFunkSheldon
40-49 Female RunTraceyAmanda
40-49 Female WalkBolyardMelissa
50-59 Female RunDurhamEmma
60-69 Female WalkLambertDiane
60-69 Male WalkLambertMike

Goat_Gallop_5K Overall Walk Results

Goat_Gallop_5K Overall Run Results

2020 New Deal Festival Cancelled

We have sad but necessary news to share with you all. After much thought, we have decided to cancel our 2020 New Deal Festival in order to keep our community safe. The New Deal Festival is our favorite event every year, as we get to reconnect with those that have moved away and celebrate the story and community of Arthurdale. We apologize for any inconvenience, but know that we are all eager to celebrate with everyone again in 2021.

Father’s Day Carry Out Spaghetti Lunch

Mama Mia!  Arthurdale Heritage will be offering a Take-Out only spaghetti lunch on Sunday, June 21st.  Treat your dad to a delicious spaghetti dinner featuring the legendary Belmaggio’s secret family recipe! Arthurdale residents still rave about Mrs. Belmaggio’s mouthwatering spaghetti and meatballs. Adult meal includes spaghetti, 2 meatballs, garlic bread, salad and dessert. Child’s meal includes the smaller portion of spaghetti and 1 meatball. Hours 11-2 or until food runs out. Advance tickets suggested.
Adult tickets $10; children $5. This dinner is a take-out only. In order to keep our volunteers and YOU safe, we strongly encourage everyone to purchase tickets in advance.
Meal tickets adult: https://arthurdaleheritage.org/shop/event/tickets/spaghetti-dinner-adult-meal/
Child: https://arthurdaleheritage.org/shop/event/tickets/spaghetti-dinner-kids-meal/

Volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves. As you arrive to pick-up your meal, volunteers will bring it out to your car for you! At the time of the dinner, only checks will be accepted. Please make your check out to AHI. Thank you for helping us keep YOU and your loved ones safe!

Construction Begins at Arthurdale

Urgently needed repairs were finally able to begin thanks to YOUR generous support! YOU helped us raise $25,000 to make this project a reality. Total project cost is almost $50,000!

Your support combined with 50% matching “federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and administered by by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History” has made this preservation possible. Thank you so very much!! #ThisPlaceMatters #ArthurdaleHeritage #EleanorRoosevelt #NewDealCommunity

Operations continue here as we work to reopen June 1.


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