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.

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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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

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.

Bloom with Arthurdale Heritage

Beautify your garden and help Arthurdale Heritage grow! When you buy top-quality flower bulbs from Flower Power, 50% of the proceeds come to AHI. If you enjoy gardening, why not buy lovely flowers and benefit AHI at the same time?

Browse our fundraising page or stop by the office to look through the Flower Power catalog. Spread the word and pass this on to all your green thumbed neighbors, friends, and family.

Flower Power fundraising

This year, get your (Decorated!) Christmas Tree from Arthurdale Heritage

This year, consider getting your Christmas tree at the Arthurdale Festival of Trees.  These fully decorated trees and wreaths will be available for auction Friday and Saturday.

Bid on a Space Tree, a Vintage 1940s Tree, a West Virginia Lottery Tree, a Cat Lover’s Tree, Fishing Wreath, and other numerous holiday trees and wreaths. Also the Arthurdale Heritage Craft Shop will be open and children can write Letters to Santa with the help of some elves.  On Sunday there will also be  family holiday photos and horse-drawn wagon rides around Eleanor’s Little (Christmas) Village.

Can’t Make it to Arthurdale? Bid online!

Available Trees

Space Tree – 4ft., white tinsel tree decorated with a space theme. Ornaments include several collectible Hallmark ornaments from Star Trek and Star Wars as well as planets and other fun decorations.
Donated by the Barnes-Marra family of Arthurdale.

Vintage 1940s Tree – A 6 ft. artificial evergreen tree decorated with antique ornaments from the 1940s.
Donated by Darlene Bolyard of Arthurdale.

Advent Calendar Box with Feather tree donated by Darlene Bolyard. Each drawer has a small ornament you put on the tree.

Snowman Feather tree donated by Darlene Bolyard.

WV Lottery Tree – A live tree decorated with $100 in WV lottery tickets donated by Rich Painter, Garden Creations.

Cat Lover’s Tree – a 6 ft., professionally decorated evergreen tree donated by P.U.R.R., a cat rescue and rehabilitation shelter in Taylor County. 50% of the profits from this tree will be donated to P.U.R.R.

Tree of Joy – A 6 ft. white tree with “mid-century” decorations.
Donated by Marilee Hall.

The Affordable Signs Unlimited tree is decorated with mini sign samples and includes a $20 gift certificate.

American Cancer Society Memorabilia tree donated by Lindsy Whittaker.

Other decorated Christmas trees will also be donated by MountainPath Properties, LLC, Missy Hartsell, Alisha Myers, Dee Hayes, and Kathryn Burton.

Christmas tree decoration donated by Lorraine Weaver.

Available Wreaths

Fishing Wreath – M & M Woodworks of Terra Alta is donating a wreath with a fishing theme for sportsmen. In the center of the wreath is a wooden scrollsawed silhouette picture of a fish jumping out of water and the slogan “Gone fishin'”. It can be removed for display on a wall. Eight handcrafted and handpainted wooden fishing lures are the ornaments on the wreath. They can be removed and used for fishing. While these lures have been made with quality product and are designed to catch The Big One, M & M Woodworks can assume no responsibility for the one that gets away. Decorated by David McCloud

Christmas Wreath – donated by Brown’s Mill LP

Festive Wreath – Valley Pharmacy is donating a wreath decorated with boxes of chocolate.

Wreath donated by Mane Tamer includes certificate for free hair cut.

Mountain Mamas Retreats Wreath, decorated by Cynthia McCloud & Shelley Miller

Other Christmas wreaths will be donated by Centra Bank, Louise Myers and Karen Tustin, Deb Miller, Your Most Valuable Bank (MVB), Janet Collin and Judy Harder..

Floral arrangement by Masontown Florist includes an Arthurdale Heritage crock.

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Residents Donate Historic House to Arthurdale Heritage, Inc.

Arthurdale residents Thelma Kees and her daughter Sharon, have generously donated an original Hodgson home and over three acres of land to Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. The house, homestead E-2, was the first house completed in Arthurdale.

“We are thrilled with the generosity of the Kees family and this donation. It ensures that this historic house will be restored and maintained as part of Arthurdale Heritage’s mission of preservation and education,” said Jeanne Goodman, Arthurdale Heritage Executive Director.

The house was originally built for members of the National Youth Administration in 1934. Thelma Kees’ family purchased the house in 1942 and it has been in her family since. AHI is beginning a capital campaign to raise funds to restore the house to its original 1934 condition to use as a classroom and museum building.

AHI will be honoring the Kees family for their donation at the New Deal Festival on Saturday, July 9th. The ceremony is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on the Center Hall Main Stage.


Kees house

Kees house, 1959


Quilt, Knit, and Crochet at Arthurdale Heritage in February

Do you quilt, crochet or knit – or do you want to learn how? Both beginners and experienced crafters can improve their skills this month at Arthurdale Heritage. Classes are open to all experience levels, but students must preregister with the office at 304 864-3959. See the class schedule

On Friday February 18th at 6pm Tracy Strother will share her love of knitting during an hour-long introductory class for $5. You may bring your own needles and yarn or just learn from her examples. Two-hour-long classes will begin in March.

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Quilt a tote bag

Janet Collins’ next quilting class will be making a handy craft tote bag on Saturday February 19th beginning at 9am. Students bring their own machines and materials. When you call the office to preregister, you will be given yardage needs.

The next Homestead Quilters Guild meeting is Monday February 21 at 6:30pm. There is no charge to attend and you can choose to work on the group project or bring one of your own.

Chris Shaffer enjoys teaching crochet to all skill levels. Get personal attention as Chris demonstrates how you can turn stitches into practical items. Bring your own yarn and hook. The next class is the same time as the quilt guild meeting – February 21st at 6:30pm.

Both the crochet and quilting class cost $12 for Arthurdale Heritage members and $14 for others. Contact Jeanne at the office if you have any questions or to preregister. You may also sign up to be notified by email or mail about future classes we will be offering in many other arts and crafts areas.

Arthurdale Heritage Offers Free Admission on Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day

Visit America’s first New Deal Homestead Community

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Arthurdale Heritage will participate in Smithsonian magazine’s 6th annual Museum Day.  A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian’s Museum Day emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based properties. Doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and visitors at museums and cultural institutions nationwide.

“We are pleased to join with hundreds of museums in celebrating Museum Day by extending our hours from 9am to 4pm and offering free admission with a Smithsonian ticket,” said Jeanne Goodman, Executive Director of Arthurdale Heritage.  “This is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase Arthurdale and its important part in America’s history.”

Arthurdale, the nation’s first New Deal subsistence homestead community, was established in 1933.  It provided a new chance at life for residents of North Central West Virginia who were suffering from the effects of the great depression.  Today, the community is a National Historic District.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt served as the empathetic force behind the project, was concerned with the families, and often visited the community.

This multi-building museum illustrates the story of Arthurdale as a New Deal Homestead.  There is a forge filled with original tools, a service station reminiscent of a bygone era, historic Center Hall, the original federal government administration building, and a fully restored Arthurdale homestead.

Visit to download your Museum Day Admission Card. Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry. Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household.

For more information on Arthurdale and for driving directions, see “Visit Arthurdale.”


Our craft shop and guided tour hours are:

Monday-Saturday 10-3

QUESTIONS? Phone:  304 864 3959    Email:

Masks are required for guided tours