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 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.

Find Unique Holiday Gifts during the Arthurdale Festival of Trees

Stained glass ornaments, vintage Christmas ornaments, antiques, handmade soap and more will be available during the The Arthurdale Festival of Trees Christmas Market. This special one-day market will take place on December 1 in the New Deal Homestead Museum in Arthurdale, WV.  The Festival of Trees features tree and wreath auctions and raffles, a wine and cheese evening reception (November 30), family activities, and the Arthurdale Heritage Craft Shop Holiday Open House.

Participating vendors are:

  • Linda Kunkel of Work of Art Studio – stained glass
  • Heather Sawyer of The Little Earth Company – all organic bath & body products
  • Darlene Bolyard – Vintage Christmas ornaments and decorations
  • David Huxtable – Original Arthurdale items plus FDR mugs, original Roosevelt pins, and more
  • Dave Houser of Houser’s Stained Glass – holiday ornaments

We look forward to seeing you!

Want to support us by buying a tree or wreath but can’t make it to the festival?
Since bids are silent, you can call the office during the week or email us at to place a bid. Just tell us the item you are bidding on, contact info, and your bid amount. If you wish, you can donate your item to a Preston County or Morgantown nursing home and we will deliver it for you.

View the gallery of trees and wreaths.

Questions, call 304-864-3959 or email

Kick off Your Holiday Season at the Arthurdale Heritage Festival of Trees!

Arthurdale Heritage is inviting the public and local businesses to participate in a two-day holiday fundraising event. The Arthurdale Festival of Trees will feature fully decorated trees and wreaths donated by friends, supporters, and businesses. The trees and wreaths will be raffled just in time for the holiday season.

While you shop the Christmas Craft Market or the Arthurdale Heritage Craft Shop, your children can make fun winter crafts with an elf, enjoy cider, cocoa, other treats, and visit our petting zoo!

Tour the Forge & Administration buildings to bid on our donated, beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Set up and decoration of the trees will take place November 26-28 in the Arthurdale Forge and Admin buildings. Bidding will start on Friday, November 30 with a Wine and Cheese Opening Reception and tree showcase from 5-8 p.m. The bidding will continue on Family Day – Saturday, December 1 from 12-4 p.m. Refreshments will be offered during the event. Steve Marra will be taking family photographs. Sign-up here for your portrait!

Want to get involved?

If you can decorate & donate a tree or wreath or know a local crafter or business who might, would like to donate an appetizer, or can help out in some other way call AHI at 304.864.3959. Go ahead and register your tree or wreath donation online at

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Top 20: Reason #6

Reason number 6 for you and your family to visit the New Deal Festival:

Reunite with old friends

Reunite with old friends

6. Reunite with old friends

7. See original electoral college ballots from the 1936 presidential election in the Fratkin Collection

8. Find out how to turn zippers into roses at the crafts market

9. Enjoy live music from four local bands

10. Climb aboard a horse drawn wagon and tour historic Arthurdale

11. Get up close to hawks, eagles, and owls from the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center

12. Visit a WWII military camp complete with original Jeeps

13. Make a button buzzer in the kid’s area

14. Look under the hood of a your favorite car

15. Enjoy Arthurdale’s famous barbecue chicken dinners

16. Watch blacksmiths turn raw metal into a thing of beauty in the Forge

17. Listen to WV stories about Eleanor Roosevelt in the Esso Station collected by the Traveling 219 Project

18. Talk with children of original homesteaders and learn what pranks they liked to play on their neighbors growing up

19. Meet Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

20. Pet Eleanor the goat and meet her baby Anna

Arthurdale Heritage Cookbook Has Unique Recipe Collection

We’ve been getting great feedback about our Heritage Cookbook! Its full of wonderful recipes, such as the Cranberry Nut Loaf and Hungarian Goulash. If you haven’t had a chance to get your copy yet for $18, stop by the office to pick one up. Call the office at 304-864-3959 during business hours to order.

AHI Cookbook

“1942: Arthurdale and the War” at the 2012 New Deal Festival

Come experience Arthurdale the summer after the beginning of WWII! This one day event will have something for everyone to enjoy.

1942 on Display
This year we are very fortunate to have been loaned numerous pieces of New Deal and FDR political memorabilia from the private collection or Robert Fratkin. It is an amazing exhibit and the New Deal Festival is a wonderful opportunity to see it!

Living history will also be on display when we welcome Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt back to our event as well as reenactors portraying individuals and WWII military recruiters from 1942.

Antique Car, Truck, Tractor, and Motorcycle Show
The Antique Car, Truck, Tractor Show is being expanded to include antique motorcycles this year. Registration is $10.00. Proceeds from the car show will be used to buy presents for community children at the annual Christmas with Santa event in December.
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Register for the Arthurdale Heritage Golf Scramble

We are excited to announce the Arthurdale Heritage Scramble as the first annual benefit. The event takes place on Sunday, July 15 at the Preston Country Club. Registration is $200 per team. Prizes will be given to the top 3 teams. Prizes go to the long drive and closest to pin teams. Mulligans are $10 each and 2 per player. There will also be a 50/50 raffle drawing.

We also hope to see you at the New Deal Festival on Saturday, July 14.

Thanks to David Cook, Patrick Crogan, and the Pro Shop for coordinating this benefit.

Register online or call the AHI office at 304-864-3959. After July 11 contact David Coon at 304.692.6622 to register. Limited registration may be available at 1 p.m. on the 15th at the country club.

Eventbrite - Arthurdale Heritage Scramble

Buy Your Tickets for the Annual Arthurdale Heritage Elimination Dinner

Win exciting prizes, including cash, gift certificates, artisan crafts, jewelry and the $1000 grand prize, in the annual Arthurdale Heritage Elimination Dinner to benefit the New Deal Homestead Museum in Arhurdale, WV. Join us for wine, food and the fun and suspense of a prize drawing every five minutes. Tickets are on sale now for $35 each, and only 250 tickets are available!

Admission includes catered dinner, access to numerous raffles, prizes and a chance to win $1000!

We are also thrilled to announce that Jonas Knotts will once again emcee our event. It will be a fun night!

Tickets are only $35 which admits one (1) for dinner and a chance to win up to $1,000. Additional tickets for “dinner only” can be purchased for $15.00. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., Dinner at 6:00 p.m. Followed by prize drawings.

Silent Auction and Raffle Prize Donations:

Single Dinner and Chance to win: $35.00
Additional tickets for dinner only are $15.00 each.

Tickets can be purchased online (below) or from any AHI Board Member or through the AHI office. If you have questions, please email or by call (304) 864-3959.

Tickets ordered online will be mailed to the purchaser or can be picked up at the door.


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.