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.
Stained glass ornaments, vintage Christmas ornaments, antiques, handmade soap and more will be available during theÂ The Arthurdale Festival of Trees Christmas Market. This special one-day marketÂ will take place on December 1 in the New Deal Homestead Museum in Arthurdale, WV. Â 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
Want to support us by buying a tree or wreath but canâ€™t make it to the festival?
Since bids are silent, you can call the office during the week or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 theÂ 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!
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 atÂ 304-864-3959 during business hours to order.
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. Continue Reading
Nov 1-Apr 30: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 1-Oct 31: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sun, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.