2019 New Deal Festival is July 13th!

Join us as we celebrate the 85th anniversary of Arthurdale; Eleanor Roosevelt’s little village, at the 2019 New Deal Festival !  Your admission includes access to all museum buildings and exhibits, live music performances, the Antique Car, Truck, and Tractor show, artisan demonstrations, Craft Market, horse drawn carriage rides, hay rides, children’s petting zoo, children’s activities and more! Discounted tickets to the 2019 New Deal Festival are available now through July 11th!

Save $$$ by getting your tickets in advance via this link: Advance, Discount tickets

New Deal Festival Parking is FREE! 

AHI featured on WBOY’s Roaming West Virginia

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. “

Rent Historic Center Hall

Spring meeting, birthday party, and wedding rentals for Arthurdale Heritage’s historic Center Hall on Rt. 92 in Preston County are now being scheduled for weekday/weekend use. Discounted rates for weekday use are offered. Capacity is 85 for a meal service (with on-site kitchen) and larger for meetings. Call the office at 304-864-3959 for availability.

Picture of the Center Hall

Arthurdale’s Historic Center Hall

Historic Windows Weatherization Workshop

In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. is pleased to offer a two-day historic windows weatherization demonstration project on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 at the E-15 Homestead in historic Arthurdale.

Participants will see a window restoration PowerPoint presentation on the National Park Services’ best practices describing Class I, II, and III methods of historic windows restoration followed by a windows steam chest demonstration showing the basic steps to rehab a wooden window by preservation historian, Lynn Stasick. Window preservation expert Phil Davis of Allegheny Restoration will conduct a windows weatherization demonstration, providing participants hands-on experience in weatherizing wooden windows.

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Prepare Your Home for Winter! Historic Windows Weatherization Workshop

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. is pleased to offer a historic windows weatherization demonstration project at the E-15 Homestead, part of the New Deal Homestead Museum in historic Arthurdale.

Preservation historian, Lynn Stasick, will begin the workshop with a window restoration PowerPoint presentation on the National Park Services’ best practices describing Class I, II, and III methods of historic windows restoration. This will be followed by a historic windows steam chest demonstration showing the basic steps to rehab a historic wooden window. A hands-on weatherization demonstration by window preservation expert Phil Davis of Allegheny Restoration will follow.

The workshop will be held on September 30, 2011 from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm. The workshop fee is $35; lunch is included. Call 304.864.3959 or email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org to register. Please pre-register by September 26.

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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


Help Arthurdale Heritage plan ways to use the historic Arthurdale Schools

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. is holding two public meetings to ask local residents and entrepreneurs to help plan future uses for the original Arthurdale Schools which are currently empty. The meetings will be held in our Center Hall.

The first gathering is Friday July 23 at 6pm and the second one is Saturday July 24 at 2pm. Light refreshments will be available.

“We are considering three possible areas of expansion – community services, arts & entertainment, and business development” said Jeanne Goodman, executive director. “We are inviting the local community to meet with us, discuss the options, and give us their opinions on using the restored buildings.”

For those who cannot come to one of the meetings, the survey link is https://www.arthurdaleheritage.org/focus. This Arthurdale Revitalization project is funded by a FOCUS WV Brownfields grant which is distributed through West Virginia University.


Our craft shop, guided tour, and Smithsonian Crossroads Exhibit hours are:

Monday-Friday 10-3

Saturday 9-5

The Smithsonian Crossroads Exhibit will be here from December 13, 2021 - January 21, 2021.

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

Masks are required for guided tours