Crossroads Exhibit Now Open!

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!

What is Crossroads? Visit this page.


Holiday Open House

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.


Closed for maintenance

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 americorps@arthurdaleheritage.org


Construction Begins at Arthurdale

Urgently needed repairs were finally able to begin thanks to YOUR generous support! YOU helped us raise $25,000 to make this project a reality. Total project cost is almost $50,000!

Your support combined with 50% matching “federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and administered by by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History” has made this preservation possible. Thank you so very much!! #ThisPlaceMatters #ArthurdaleHeritage #EleanorRoosevelt #NewDealCommunity

Operations continue here as we work to reopen June 1.

 

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2019 New Deal Festival is July 13th!

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!

Save $$$ by getting your tickets in advance via this link: Advance, Discount tickets

New Deal Festival Parking is FREE! 


AHI featured on WBOY’s Roaming West Virginia

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. “


Rep. McKinley visits Arthurdale!

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!

To see the video of Rep. McKinley’s visit: https://www.facebook.com/RepMcKinley/videos/440556530022926/


Thank you Rep. McKinley and AFHA for your years of perseverance to get our 18 county area designated as a National Heritage Area. This is a HUGE win for tourism. 

The Arthurdale Heritage Cookbook: Recipes, Memories, History

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 ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org with questions or orders.


Common Threads: Arthurdale’s Weaving Tradition

A homesteader weaving on a cooperative loom. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

A homesteader weaving on a cooperative loom. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

On June 22, AHI will host “Common Threads”, 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, “Weaving Legacies: Arthurdale’s Handweavers and the Craft Revival” will highlight the links between Arthurdale’s weaving program and broader national trends in the 1930’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.

The day begins at 10:00 with classes and demonstrations. These include a knit-in with Tracy Struther, quilting show by the Homestead Quilters Guild, weaving exhibits, plus spinning and dyeing demonstrations. For children, there will be tie dye and macramé workshops. A “scrap swap” will allow fiber artists to trade materials and supplies. At 11:30, Sarah Fletcher will speak and show samples of her mother’s work. A light lunch will follow, and the event will end with Philis Alvic’s discussion and book signing.

Interested in demonstrating, teaching, or participating in “Common Threads”? Contact the office. Our website and Facebook page will keep you up to date on final plans for the day.


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Our craft shop, guided tour, and Smithsonian Crossroads Exhibit hours are:

Monday-Friday 10-3

Saturday 9-5

The Smithsonian Crossroads Exhibit will be here from December 13, 2021 - January 21, 2021.

QUESTIONS? Phone:  304 864 3959    Email:  ahi@ArthurdaleHeritage.org

Masks are required indoors.