Free Tickets to Tour the New Deal Homestead Museum

As part of the Smithsonian Museum’s Ninth Annual Museum Day, tours of Arthurdale Heritage’s five-building homestead community museum and special exhibits on Rt. 92 in Preston County will be free on September 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Smithsonian ticket. Tickets are available at and must be presented for free admission. The Craft Shop, staffed by volunteers, features regional handcrafted items and will also be open. Over 1,400 museums will be open for free tours nationwide.

Free Admission to New Deal Homestead Museum

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. is participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s National Museum Day Live! on Saturday, September 29. Tours of Arthurdale Heritage’s homestead community museum along Rt. 92 in Preston County will be free from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This multi-building museum illustrates the story of Arthurdale as a New Deal Homestead. There is a forge filled with original tools, an old fashioned service station, historic Center Hall, the original federal government administration building, and a fully restored Arthurdale homestead. Tour tickets are available at must be presented for the free admission. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address.




Top 20: Reason # 3

It’s the final three in our countdown of the top 20 reasons for you and your family to visit the New Deal Festival:

3. See original Shirley Temple depression glass

4. Admire quilts made by members of the Arthurdale Homestead Quilt Guild

5. Tour Eleanor Roosevelt’s private rooms in the Arthurdale Inn (now Hospice).

6. Reunite with old friends

7. See original electoral college ballots from the 1936 presidential election in the Fratkin Collection

8. Find out how to turn zippers into roses at the crafts market

9. Enjoy live music from four local bands

10. Climb aboard a horse drawn wagon and tour historic Arthurdale

11. Get up close to hawks, eagles, and owls from the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center

12. Visit a WWII military camp complete with original Jeeps

13. Make a button buzzer in the kid’s area

14. Look under the hood of a 60’s muscle car

15. Enjoy Arthurdale’s famous barbecue chicken dinners

16. Watch blacksmiths turn raw metal into a thing of beauty in the Forge

17. Listen to WV stories about Eleanor Roosevelt in the Esso Station collected by the Traveling 219 Project

18. Talk with children of original homesteaders and learn what pranks they liked to play on their neighbors growing up

19. Meet Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

20. Pet Eleanor the goat and meet her baby Anna

Temporary New Office and Museum Hours

The AHI Offices will be closed Thursdays beginning December 1st until further notice. The New Deal Homestead Museum and Visitors Center will be open and available for tours on a limited basis, by appointment only until further notice.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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.