The New Deal Festival will be back in 2022! It will be a day of fun for everyone and a great opportunity for homesteader descendants and former Arthurdale residents to reunite! More information will be posted as we confirm festival events.
We are excited to announce that as of today, December 13, 2021, the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Crossroads: Change in Rural America is officially open in Arthurdale! You can see the exhibit in our historic and newly refurbished Center Hall and check out our Events Calendar to see all the programming we have associated with the exhibit. Crossroads will be here from December 13-January 21 and is open Monday-Friday 10-3 and Saturdays 9-5.
Free docent led tours of the exhibit will be offered, or you can explore on your own. We hope to see you soon!
We will be having our Holiday Open House in the Craft Shop on Saturdays, December 4, 11, and 18 from 9-5! Come check out all our locally made items and shop small this holiday season! Featured West Virginia artisans will also be demonstrating from 10-4.
Arthurdale Heritage museum will be closed to tours on Friday, July 23rd, 2021. During this time we will be doing some much-needed maintenance work.
We apologize for any inconvenience, but please visit us at a later date! We are open Monday thru Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm. To be guaranteed a tour please call ahead at 304-864-3959 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us as we celebrate the 85th anniversary of Arthurdale; Eleanor Roosevelt’s little village, at the 2019 New Deal Festival ! Your admission includes access to all museum buildings and exhibits, live music performances, the Antique Car, Truck, and Tractor show, artisan demonstrations, Craft Market, horse drawn carriage rides, hay rides, children’s petting zoo, children’s activities and more! Discounted tickets to the 2019 New Deal Festival are available now through July 11th!
Last Saturday morning, a man stumbled upon Arthurdale Heritage. He said he had just spent the day driving around Preston County, looking for unique things to feature on Roaming West Virginia. He was pleasantly surprised to discover Arthurdale! Check out the article and video here!
“You can certainly make a day out of it, or a whole weekend out of it. This is just a small portion of what this part of West Virginia has to offer. “
Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. was honored to host Rep. McKinley, his wife Mary, and 14 staff members to celebrate our 18 county area being designated as the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area (AFNHA).
Years of hard work and dogged determination by Rep. McKinley and members of AFNHA paid off and will bring a vast array of new opportunities to the area. This is a huge plus for regional tourism!
The Arthurdale Heritage cookbook features over 100 pages of favorite recipes from homesteader families and community residents! It also includes 30 pages on the historic project.
Try new recipes while also learning about the nation’s first subsistence homestead community. See photos of Eleanor Roosevelt, homesteaders and others involved in the New Deal project. It’s great for birthday, wedding and holiday gifts.
Cost is $19.95 plus $1.20 tax at the Craft Shop or office. Shipping rate varies from $6 to $11, depending on the destination, for a single copy. However, up to 4 copies will fit into a medium flat rate box for $12.65. Call the office at 304-864-3959 or email email@example.com with questions or orders.
A homesteader weaving on a cooperative loom. Courtesy of Library of Congress.
On June 22, AHI will host â€œCommon Threadsâ€, a show that will celebrate the history of hand-weaving and other fabric and fiber crafts in Arthurdale. Local artists will demonstrate their craft, teach classes, network, and swap supplies.
A special exhibit, â€œWeaving Legacies: Arthurdaleâ€™s Handweavers and the Craft Revivalâ€ will highlight the links between Arthurdaleâ€™s weaving program and broader national trends in the 1930â€™s.
The celebration of this new exhibit will include presentations by Sarah Fletcher (daughter of master weaver and Arthurdale homesteader Dorothy Thompson) and Philis Alvic, an eastern Kentucky weaver whose book, Weavers of the Southern Highlands, explores historic weaving programs in Appalachia.