New Deal Festival Features Events and Activities for All Ages

Arthurdale Heritage’s New Deal Festival is giving people of all ages a chance to step back in time and Remember 1941. The festival begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9th and features artisan demonstrations, historic reenactments, museum tours, craft market, antique car, truck, and tractor show, quilt show, supervised kids area with games and activities, and much more. This year, the festival looks back on Arthurdale at the cusp of America’s involvement in World War II in 1941.

“This year, focus is on life in Arthurdale and America, in 1941, right before America’s involvement in World War II. Our activities are designed not only to entertain guests, but also to teach them about life in the 1930s and ‘40s and get them interested in the history of Arthurdale,” said Jeanne Goodman, Arthurdale Heritage Executive Director.

New to the festival is the Fratkin Collection. Housed in the New Deal Homestead Museum, this collection is on loan from Robert & Susan Fratkin and features original FDR campaign posters, Civilian Conservation Corps badges, National Recovery Act posters, and much more. The Fratkin Collection is a special opportunity for guests to see rare objects that have never before been displayed locally.

One of the most popular events at the New Deal Festival is the antique car, truck, and tractor show. Guests can check under the hood of some of Detroit’s classiest machines from the 1920s all the way to hot-rods and muscle cars from the 1960s and ‘70s. The show, hosted by the Arthurdale Tire Kickers Club, also features antique tractors, including a restored tractor manufactured at the Reedsville Co-Op Tractor Factory.

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Invitation: 1930s Living History Reenactors

Arthurdale Heritage and the New Deal Festival planning committee would like to invite living history hobbyists and reenactors to dress up in their 1930s “Sunday best” and come out to the New Deal Festival in Arthurdale, WV on July 10, 2010.

We’re looking for any New Deal era impression you might be interested in portraying.  Arthurdale was the first New Deal Homestead community in the nation and home to farmers, craftspeople, builders, factory workers, miners and more.  As a federal project, there were also federal employees, teachers, and planners. It was also visited often by politicians and reporters because of its connection to the New Deal legislation.  Not to be forgotten are the families – mothers, fathers, children, grandparents and grandchildren.  This is a unique opportunity for a peacetime impression from a unique period of our history!

We hope that you can come to Arthurdale, July 10 and help us celebrate the New Deal.  If you are interested or have questions, please let us know!

Upcoming Events: October-December 2009

October 2009

October 31 – Halloween Treats at Center Hall beginning at 5:30

November 2009

November 2 to April 30 — Museum Winter Hours begin.  Tuesday through Friday — 12 Noon to 4 p.m.  Closed Saturday, Sunday and Mondays.

November 8  – Annual Veterans Day Breakfast from 10 am until 2 pm.    Buffet includes:  French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage,  gravy, biscuits, toast, fruit,  coffee or tea. Veterans $5 , Adults $7,  Children under 10, $4

December 2009

December 18 – Christmas with Santa begins 7 pm

Soup and salad dinner Thank You!

UPDATE 10/19/2009: THANK YOU everyone who attended, volunteered and donated food.

Thank you also to our wonderful volunteers without whose hard work we could not have had such a lovely time: Elma, Timothy, and Thomas Dillsworth, Robby Sigley, Darlene Bolyard, Marilee Hall, Adrianna Samudio, Rick and Mary Jane Simms, Beth Stone, Carol Barnes, Whitney Garner, Randy and Lorraine Weaver, and Joe Wolfe.

Also – just so you know the following people make wonderful soup and desserts: Carol Barnes (2 Potato Soups, Butternut Squash Soup and lemon cake), Sarah Bolyard (vegetable beef soup), Darlene Bolyard (Cheddar & Bacon Potato Soup and 2 pies), Craig Roscoe & Family (Chili and cookies), Shirley Holipski (Chili), Marilee Hall (Vegetarian Vegetable Soup, Potato Soup, fudge candy and yummy chocolatey cupcakes), Steve Marra (chocolate cake).  I know I am forgetting someone, so please, remind me who else to add.

Thank you also to the New Day Bakery for donating a generous assortment of their delicious bread and the Reedsville Shop ‘N’ Save for donating food and supplies.  Please help us thank them by supporting these valuable local small businesses.


Fall is the perfect time to warm your stomach with homemade soup.  So join us for an early afternoon of family, friends and good food!

Choice of soups include vegetable, potato and chili!

Location:  Arthurdale Center Hall

Time:  4 pm until soup is gone.

Cost:  $7/adults; $4/children ages 6-12; Children under 5 are FREE

Menu:  unlimited soup plus  salad, bread, dessert and beverage

Hot dogs will be available for an additional 50¢ each.

Buy your Tickets NOW! Arthurdale Heritage Annual Elimination Dinner April 18



Tickets are on sale now for the Arthurdale Heritage Annual Elimination Dinner.

Tickets are only $50 which admits two for dinner and a chance to win up to $1,500.  Tickets can be purchased from any AHI Board Member or through the AHI office.  We are open Tuesday through Friday from 12 Noon until 4 p.m. or by calling (304) 864-3959.

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Volunteer Opportunities — Lend a Helping Hand

Arthurdale Heritage needs weekend tour guides for Saturdays and Sundays (12-4).   We will be having a tour guide training session Saturday,  29 Aug.  at 11am.   Please meet in the Center Hall.

Being a tour guide is fun and enables you to meet some very interesting people.   Last week,  we had visitors from as far away as the Ukraine.   Another tour guide met a woman who served as a Peace Corp volunteer in Bosnia during the 1992-95 war!

If you’d like to see what it is like to be a tour guide, please come to the training session this Saturday.   Email for more info:

Help Arthurdale Heritage do more to help others understand the value of this historic preservation project and to have fun at community events through:

  • serving as a summer tour guide on weekend days (we’ll gladly train you)
  • assisting with periodic fundraising dinners in a variety of ways
  • becoming a member of our working committees
  • serving on the event staff for WVU football and basketball games as part of the Arthurdale group
  • providing office staff support for ongoing projects

Call the Arthurdale Heritage office at 304-864-3959 Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m., and we’ll be happy to discuss your interest in lending a helping hand.


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.