2012 New Deal Festival

Mark your calendars for the 2012 New Deal Festival! The event will be held on Saturday, July 14. We are now recruiting WWII Reenactors, vendors, artisans, and volunteers. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at 304-864-3959 or email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org.

View the NDF 2011 gallery photos!

Live Music Lineup Set for 2011 New Deal Festival

From bluegrass to jazz, from blues to Dixieland, an eclectic array of music is on tap at Arthurdale Heritage’s 2011 New Deal Festival. Performing on the main Center Hall stage are: The Dan Baker Trio, The Halftime String Band, Born Old, the Jenny Wilson Trio, and the Falling Run Bluegrass Band. The New Deal Festival opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 9th with performances beginning at 10 a.m.

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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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New Deal Festival Celebrates Arthurdale Heritage’s 25th Anniversary

Arthurdale Heritage President Sarah Barnes (left) and AHI Executive Director Jeanne Goodman (right) display Governor Manchin's proclamation declaring July 'Arthurdale Heritage Month.'

Arthurdale Heritage (AHI) is celebrating its Silver Anniversary this July at its New Deal Festival. To kick off the celebration, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin issued a proclamation declaring July ‘Arthurdale Heritage Month.’

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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!

2009 New Deal Festival THANKS YOU!

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. and the New Deal Festival planning committee thanks you for your support of the New Deal Festival.  We had a great turn out and hope all of you plan on attending next year on July 10, 2010.

We’d love to hear what you thought about the festival.  Please let us know what you liked and what you think we could do better.  We sincerely appreciate the feedback and any input we have will only help us to make next year’s event even more enjoyable.

Tell us what you thought:

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AHI Wins Buckwheat Festival Display Contest – September 2008

Arthurdale Heritage participated as a featured exhibitor for the 2008 Buckwheat Festival Pride Display held in Kingwood, WV, September 24-28.  The Buckwheat Pride Display Committee selected Arthurdale as the “Best of Pride Community” exhibit.  A big “Thank You” goes out to volunteer Marilee Hall who created the wonderful display that celebrated the upcoming 75th Anniversary of the homesteading of Arthurdale.

2008 New Deal Festival

Mark your calendars to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the homesteading of Arthurdale,    July 10-12, 2009!


Thanks to all the visitors and participants who came to the 2008 New Deal Festival which featured exhibits in the New Deal Homestead Museum, artisan demonstrations, local artisan craft market, the Arthurdale Heritage Craft Shop, local musician performances, a visit from Eleanor Roosevelt, haywagon rides, and much more!

Start of 2007 race photo courtesy of Ella Belling

4th Annual Beth Bonner Memorial 5K Run and 2-mile walk was held Saturday morning on the community roads  of historic Arthurdale.  Congratulations to all participants!  2008 Race Results

Antique cars in front of E-15 Homestead photo courtesy of Ella Belling.

The antique car and tractor show featured over sixty participants who displayed their antique cars and tractors for festival visitors to enjoy.


Festival goers enjoyed an old-time community sing courtsey of the Gospel Bluebirds and the Crossroad Quartet at the Arthurdale Presbyterian Church.  The Center Hall main stage featured the musical stylings of Keith and Joan Pitzer (along with their son Jake), the Riggins Brothers, and Hickory Wind.

Kids of all ages participated in this new event to the New Deal Festival!  The first 50 registered received a commemorative badge featuring the Arthurdale Co-Op Tractor.  Ribbons were given to the top three winners in each weight category.

This new event to the New Deal Festival featured local hand-crafted quilts on display at the Arthurdale Inn and was co-sponsored by the Preston County Literacy Volunteers Quilt Group.  This group meets at the WVU Extension Office in Kingwood and promotes literacy through quilting.  Contact Bev Tasker for more information about the PCLV Quilt Group at 304.892.2853.  The use of the Inn is courtesy of Hospice Care Corporation.

Local artisans demonstrated their skills and displayed their hand-crafted goods at the 2008 New Deal Festival.  Featured artists included:

The Appalachian Blacksmith Association who demonstrated throughout the day in the Arthurdale Forge.  This was the fourth “Hammer-In” the ABA has held at the festival.

Seat weavers Debbie & Amee Price and Molly Superfesky practice their craft through the seat weaving classes offered at the Monongalia Technical Education Center (MTEC).  The class is ten weeks in the fall and spring and addresses techniques including caning, splint weave, and rush.  For more information about the classes contact MTEC at 304.291.9226.

The Scott’s Run Quilters Club is dedicated to promoting the craft of quilting and offers ongoing opportunities to learn or enhance quilting skills.  The club meets every Monday at the Scott’s Run Settlement House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For more information contact Melissa Jeffries at 304.599.8692.


A La Carte Fine Chocolates, 304.842.4047

Appalachian milk Soap, 304.478.4378

Creative Stitches, 304.329.8280

Earth Jewels, 304.692.1721

Keith and Deborah Coffman, 304.265.0406

Samara’s Arts, 304.864.6242

Summer Kitchen Pottery, 304.449.1337

Treehouse Herbal, 304.265.1437

2008 New Deal Festival Sponsors

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. would like to thank the following sponsors of the 2008 New Deal Festival!!

Gold Sponsors
Advanced Land Services
Belldina’s  Health Mart Pharmacy
Mountaineer Family Care Center
Mylan Pharmaceuticals
84 Lumber

Silver Sponsors
Clear Mountain Bank
Jennmar Corp. of WV
Kingwood Family Dental
PARCS Equipment Superstore
Snyder Motor & Towing

Bronze Sponsors
Alan Mollohan for Congress
Chico Enterprises
Crown Homes
Hartley Insurance Agency
Hunter’s Truck Sales & Service
Lumberport-Shinnston Gas Company
Preston Silver Eagle Distributors
Reedsville Dairy Queen
Rotruck-Lobb Funeral Home & Sunset Memorial Gardens
Tire Lady’s Rainbow Tire
Street’s Store, Ltd.
Gerald Zinn & Sons


Our craft shop and guided tour hours are:

Monday-Saturday 10-3

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

Masks are required for guided tours