2008 New Deal Festival

Mark your calendars to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the homesteading of Arthurdale,    July 10-12, 2009!


Thanks to all the visitors and participants who came to the 2008 New Deal Festival which featured exhibits in the New Deal Homestead Museum, artisan demonstrations, local artisan craft market, the Arthurdale Heritage Craft Shop, local musician performances, a visit from Eleanor Roosevelt, haywagon rides, and much more!

Start of 2007 race photo courtesy of Ella Belling

4th Annual Beth Bonner Memorial 5K Run and 2-mile walk was held Saturday morning on the community roads  of historic Arthurdale.  Congratulations to all participants!  2008 Race Results

Antique cars in front of E-15 Homestead photo courtesy of Ella Belling.

The antique car and tractor show featured over sixty participants who displayed their antique cars and tractors for festival visitors to enjoy.


Festival goers enjoyed an old-time community sing courtsey of the Gospel Bluebirds and the Crossroad Quartet at the Arthurdale Presbyterian Church.  The Center Hall main stage featured the musical stylings of Keith and Joan Pitzer (along with their son Jake), the Riggins Brothers, and Hickory Wind.

Kids of all ages participated in this new event to the New Deal Festival!  The first 50 registered received a commemorative badge featuring the Arthurdale Co-Op Tractor.  Ribbons were given to the top three winners in each weight category.

This new event to the New Deal Festival featured local hand-crafted quilts on display at the Arthurdale Inn and was co-sponsored by the Preston County Literacy Volunteers Quilt Group.  This group meets at the WVU Extension Office in Kingwood and promotes literacy through quilting.  Contact Bev Tasker for more information about the PCLV Quilt Group at 304.892.2853.  The use of the Inn is courtesy of Hospice Care Corporation.

Local artisans demonstrated their skills and displayed their hand-crafted goods at the 2008 New Deal Festival.  Featured artists included:

The Appalachian Blacksmith Association who demonstrated throughout the day in the Arthurdale Forge.  This was the fourth “Hammer-In” the ABA has held at the festival.

Seat weavers Debbie & Amee Price and Molly Superfesky practice their craft through the seat weaving classes offered at the Monongalia Technical Education Center (MTEC).  The class is ten weeks in the fall and spring and addresses techniques including caning, splint weave, and rush.  For more information about the classes contact MTEC at 304.291.9226.

The Scott’s Run Quilters Club is dedicated to promoting the craft of quilting and offers ongoing opportunities to learn or enhance quilting skills.  The club meets every Monday at the Scott’s Run Settlement House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more information contact Melissa Jeffries at 304.599.8692.


A La Carte Fine Chocolates, 304.842.4047

Appalachian milk Soap, 304.478.4378

Creative Stitches, 304.329.8280

Earth Jewels, 304.692.1721

Keith and Deborah Coffman, 304.265.0406

Samara’s Arts, 304.864.6242

Summer Kitchen Pottery, 304.449.1337

Treehouse Herbal, 304.265.1437

2008 New Deal Festival Sponsors

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. would like to thank the following sponsors of the 2008 New Deal Festival!!

Gold Sponsors
Advanced Land Services
Belldina’s  Health Mart Pharmacy
Mountaineer Family Care Center
Mylan Pharmaceuticals
84 Lumber

Silver Sponsors
Clear Mountain Bank
Jennmar Corp. of WV
Kingwood Family Dental
PARCS Equipment Superstore
Snyder Motor & Towing

Bronze Sponsors
Alan Mollohan for Congress
Chico Enterprises
Crown Homes
Hartley Insurance Agency
Hunter’s Truck Sales & Service
Lumberport-Shinnston Gas Company
Preston Silver Eagle Distributors
Reedsville Dairy Queen
Rotruck-Lobb Funeral Home & Sunset Memorial Gardens
Tire Lady’s Rainbow Tire
Street’s Store, Ltd.
Gerald Zinn & Sons


Museum & Craft Shop Hours

Nov 1-Apr 30: Tues-Fri, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
May 1-Oct 31: Tues-Sat, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Mondays

Office hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.