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 ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org with questions or orders.


Celebrate Preston County History Day, October 21

See the fall foliage in the mountains and enjoy Preston County History Day on October 21 at four historical sites around the county. The county map can help you plan your trip.

View this county map (.pdf) for the locations.

Times and locations are:

  • Arthurdale Heritage, a five-building complex representing the New Deal’s first subsistence homestead project, (noon – 4:00) on Rt. 92
  • Bruceton Mills, Old Hemlock, country home of outdoors author George Bird Evans. Seven-room stone/log house constructed in 1782, (2:00 – 5:00), 17098 Brandonville Pike
  • Kingwood’s James McGrew House, 1841 home built by the prominent businessman involved in the formation of West Virginia, (1:00 – 3:00) on Rt. 7
  • Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg featuring the World War II Museum, Preston County Sports Museum, and B&O bridges exhibit, café and shops, (1:00 – 5:00) on Rt. 72
  • Terra Alta History House, with 3 floors of Preston County history exhibits, photos and genealogy records, 109 East Washington Street (1:30 – 4:30)

Admission is charged at some sites.


Celebrate Preston County History Day, September 16

Enjoy a scenic drive on Preston County History Day. You will learn about the past at five interesting historical sites around the county. This event is scheduled for Sunday, September 16.

View this county map (.pdf) for the locations.

Times and locations are:

  • Arthurdale Heritage, a five-building complex representing the New Deal’s first subsistence homestead project, (noon – 4:00) on Rt. 92
  • Aurora Area Historical Society, exhibiting artifacts from the 1930-‘40s donated by local families, (1:00 – 4:00) along Rt. 50 in the old general store building
  • Kingwood’s James McGrew House, 1841 home built by the prominent businessman involved in the formation of West Virginia, (1:00 – 3:00) on Rt. 7
  • Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg featuring the World War II Museum, Preston County Sports Museum, and B&O bridges exhibit, café and shops, (1:00 – 5:00) on Rt. 72
  • Terra Alta History House, with 3 floors of Preston County history exhibits, photos and genealogy records, 109 East Washington Street (1:30 – 4:30)

Admission is charged at some sites. The next Preston County History Day will be on October 21.



Celebrate Preston County History Day, September 18

Explore the history at your back door. Preston County History Day will be celebrated on Sunday, September 18 at numerous historical sites around the county. The variety of historic interests provides an educational family outing in scenic surroundings.

In addition to Arthurdale Heritage’s five-building museum (including a restored homestead) representing the New Deal’s first subsistence homestead project (open 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, noon – 4:00 p.m. on Sundays all summer), other sites open for tours on Preston County History Day are located in Kingwood, Rowlesburg, Terra Alta and Tunnelton. Find these sites on a Preston County map (.pdf).

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Celebrate Preston County History Day, August 21

Explore the history at your back door. Preston County History Day will be celebrated on Sunday, August 21 at numerous historical sites around the county. The variety of historic interests provides an educational family outing in scenic surroundings.

In addition to Arthurdale Heritage’s five-building museum (including a restored homestead) representing the New Deal’s first subsistence homestead project (open 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, noon – 4:00 p.m. on Sundays all summer), other sites open for tours on Preston County History Day are located in Kingwood, Rowlesburg, Terra Alta and Tunnelton. Find these sites on a Preston County map (.pdf).

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Celebrate Preston County History Day, July 21

Explore the history at your back door. Preston County History Day will be celebrated on Sunday, July 21 at numerous historical sites around the county. The variety of historic interests provides an educational family outing in scenic surroundings.

In addition to Arthurdale Heritage’s five-building museum (including a restored homestead) representing the New Deal’s first subsistence homestead project (open 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, noon – 4:00 p.m. on Sundays all summer), other sites open for tours on Preston County History Day are located in Kingwood, Rowlesburg, Terra Alta and Tunnelton. Find these sites on a Preston County map (.pdf).

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Celebrate Preston County History Day

In conjunction with West Virginia Day on June 20, Preston County History Day will be celebrated on Sunday, June 19 at numerous historical sites around the county.

In addition to Arthurdale Heritage’s five-building museum (including a restored homestead) representing the New Deal’s first subsistence homestead project (open 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, noon – 4:00 p.m. on Sundays all summer), other sites open for tours on Preston County History Day are located in Kingwood, Rowlesburg, Terra Alta and Tunnelton. Find these sites on a Preston County map (.pdf).

The times and locations for the other interesting sites are:

  • James McGrew House, 1831 home built by the prominent businessman involved in the formation of West Virginia, (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) on Rt. 7
  • Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg featuring the World War II Museum, Preston County Sports Museum, and B&O bridges exhibit, café and shops, (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) on Rt. 72
  • Terra Alta History House, with 3 floors of Preston County history exhibits, photos and genealogy records, 109 East Washington Street (1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  • Tunnelton Train Depot Museum, the 1913 brick train station once operated by the B&O Railroad, (1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.) on Boswell Street

Admission is charged at some sites.

Future Preston County History Days will be observed on the third Sunday of each month – July 17, August 21 and September 18, 2011.



West Virginia History

West Virginia Archives and History online explores primary and secondary source documents, photographs, databases, lists, collections, and other materials available through the State Archives.

Goldenseal is a magazine of West Virginia traditional life that is produced by the Division of Culture and History and takes its stories from the recollections of West Virginians living throughout the state. Oral history fieldwork and documentary photography result in four issues per year with articles on subjects such as labor history, folklore, music, farming, religion, traditional crafts, food, and politics.

West Virginia Association of Museums invites you to explore the many treasures the Mountain State has to offer.  Use this on-line resource to visit the places and experience the activities that represent the history, arts, technology, industry, and cultural diversity that our state offers.

 West Virginia and Regional History Collection at West Virginia University is located in the Charles C. Wise, Jr. Library on the WVU Downtown Campus and is the largest historical archives/library relating to West Virginia in existence.