Welcome to Arthurdale, the nation’s first New Deal homestead subsistence project championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The first homesteaders arrived in 1934 and each property was 2 – 5 acres in size to allow the families to raise food and livestock. Modern amenities not commonly available around the country at that time – electricity, indoor plumbing, and a refrigerator – were provided to all 165 homes constructed by the federal government as a way to help families during the Great Depression. This ground-breaking project’s public buildings have been restored by residents who appreciated this second chance at life and knew the value of preserving it. A five-building museum is now open to the public year-round to tell the special story of the First Lady’s legacy.
- Posted March 10, 2017
We thank the members of the Fullmer Family for their support of Arthurdale Heritage through the family legacy giving program. Their dedication to remembering family members and to continuing the progress of Arthurdale’s preservation is deeply appreciated. Learn more.
And that’s exactly what we’re in search of! Calling all Arthurdale residents–of today and back when:
Do you know of old apple trees in Arthurdale? A volunteer has approached us about grafting the old varieties to save their history for future generations to enjoy. Were there apple trees on your homestead, a friend’s, or a neighbor’s? Is there an old apple tree on your property today? Let us know! We would love to save these old trees and local flavors.
If you know of apple trees in Arthurdale, have some on your property, or have a fond memory of apples in the community, please let us know. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at the office–304-864-3959–we’d love to hear about it.