Eleanor Roosevelt's Little Village, Arthurdale, WV

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The Homestead Project of Arthurdale

EleanorWelcome 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.

Celebrate 2017 Preston County History Day on third Sundays June-October

Celebrate 2017 Preston County History Days on the third Sundays June – October

Learn more about the amazing history in your backyard during Preston County History Days on June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15.

Arthurdale Heritage, a five-building museum complex representing the New Deal subsistence homestead project championed by Eleanor Roosevelt, including a restored homestead, on Rt. 92.  Craft Shop also open.

— 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

— Open all dates

 

Fairfax Manor, Col. John Fairfax’s 1818 Georgian two-story stone house with many original fittings, on Rt. 26 one mile north of Kingwood.

— 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

— Open July 16 and August 20 only

 

James McGrew House in Kingwood, 1841 brick home built by the prominent businessman involved in the formation of West Virginia.  Gift shop also open.  Along Rt. 7

— 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

— Open all dates

 

Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg featuring the World War II Museum, Preston County Sports Museum, B&O bridges exhibit, Emporium and café, on Rt. 72

— 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

— Open all dates

Preston County History House in Terra Alta with three floors of Preston County history exhibits and photos, including genealogy records, 109 East Washington Street

— 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

— Open all dates

 

Tunnelton Train Depot Museum is a 1913 brick train station constructed for the B&O Railroad.  Nearby are two historic train tunnels, Boswell Street (from Rt. 26, in the center of town, go through the short underpass and the train depot is on your left).

 

— 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

— Open June through September

 

Plus three outdoor Civil War Trail sites in Aurora and Rowlesburg.

 

Thank you Goat Gallop sponsors!

The first annual Arthurdale Goat Gallop is made possible through the support of the local community and businesses. Thank you sponsors for your generosity and contribution!

Official Sponsor

Preston County Parks & Recreation Commission                          Kingwood, WV

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Community Yard Sale: TAKE 2

The summer Arthurdale Community Yard Sale is Saturday June 3! 

With the spotty weather of spring behind us, we’re excited to announce a summer Community Yard Sale! Drive around historic Arthurdale and stop at the many houses that will be selling all sorts of treasures. Free maps with a list of sellers will be available outside the Visitors Center on Saturday morning as well as food to supply your cruising around town.

Want to add your house to our map? The deadline is Friday May 26 at noon. Registration is FREE! Call the office or email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org with any questions. Add your listing to the online form at your convenience (click here or the link below), drop by the office, or give us a call.

Community Yard Sale 2017 List and Form