New Rotating Exhibit on Display in AHI

Be sure to come visit our Center Hall to see a phenomenal exhibit showcasing the photography of Frances Benjamin Johnston, a Grafton-born professional photographer. Johnston was a photographic icon, taking images of decaying buildings, seasonal gardens, and expressive individuals that would soon be lost to time. This traveling exhibit was created by PAWV AmeriCorps member Ksenia Bradner and will be hosted by AHI from 9-5pm until September 10th and is free to the public.

See a news release from WV News here:

https://www.wvnews.com/prestoncountynews/lifestyles/west-virginia-native-photography-exhibit-comes-to-arthurdale/article_7fce2524-a7e4-524a-9355-77c160ee858c.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR0xTwQey130_FzOKSZMnPjdksM1rxoAdoNRGDDnmbXD1_5dtvsL9oja-ps


Helen Kay “Susie” Mayor Vandergrift passes away

Arthurdale has lost another homestead child. Helen Kay “Susie” Mayor Vandergrift, daughter of Alex and Rose Mayor, passed in Jacksonville FL last Friday. Born in Arthurdale on September 12, 1936, she grew up in SR-15. A 1953 graduate of AHS, she worked as an accountant for Montgomery Wards in Morgantown and later in Florida.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, sisters Julia, Mary, and Dorothy plus brothers Mike, George, and Charles.
A graveside service will be held at East Oak GroArthurdale has lost another homestead child. Helen Kay “Susie” Mayor Vandergrift, daughter of Alex and Rose Mayor, passed in Jacksonville FL last Friday. Born in Arthurdale on September 12, 1936, she grew up in SR-15. A 1953 graduate of AHS, she worked as an accountant for Montgomery Wards in Morgantown and later in Florida.
She was preceded in death by her husband Donald, sisters Julia, Mary, and Dorothy plus brothers Mike, George, and Charles.
A graveside service will be held at East Oak Grove Cemetery, on this Friday the 21st at 11am with Pastor Dan Meadows officiating. Your condolences can be left at McCulla.com. Please share any family memories with us so we can add them to our archives.ve Cemetery, on this Friday the 21st at 11am with Pastor Dan Meadows officiating. Your condolences can be left at McCulla.com. Please share any family memories with us so we can add them to our archives.



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.