Support AHI with Personal or Business Ads in NDF Booklet

Support Arthurdale Heritage by purchasing an ad in the 2016 New Deal Festival booklet! This book is a treasured keepsake and has always been half family ads and half business ads.

This year our ad prices have gone down and our book size is now 8.5″ x 11″ so it will cost less & you will have more space for your ad. The booklet is distributed at our New Deal Festival to attendees (if you can’t attend we will mail you a copy).

This year we are also including Arthurdale memories and stories from homesteaders and descendants in the booklet.

Ad deadline has been extended to JUNE 15TH, 2016!

Family & Personal Ad Pricing – Family & Personal Ad Form

Booster ads – $25 (2″ by 3.75″)

Quarter page – $50 (5″ x 3.75″ vertical OR 2.5″ x 7.5″ horizontal)

Half page – $85 (5″ x 7.5″)

FULL page – $150 (10″ x 7.5″)

We are happy to design your ad for you! To see samples, go here: NDF Personal Ads Sample.

Business Ad Pricing – Business Ad Form

Business card – $50 (2″ x 3.75″)

Quarter page – $75 (5″ x 3.75″ vertical OR 2.5″ x 7.5″ horizontal)

Half page – $125 (5″ x 7.5″)

FULL page – $235 (10″ x 7.5″)

We are happy to design your ad for you! The sizes are the same as the NDF Personal Ads.

You can print out the Family & Personal or Business form (in PDF form linked above) and mail a check to:

Arthurdale Heritage

P.O. Box 850

Arthurdale, WV 26520

Call us at (304) 864-3959 or e-mail with questions.

If you don’t want an ad this year, but would still like to help make the Festival a success, you can mail your donation to the address above. Thank you in advance for your help.

We hope to see you July 9!

Thank You! A Successful New Deal Festival

At Arthurdale, history is fun. Those who came to the New Deal Festival on July 13 enjoyed the toe-tapping music, food, and demonstrations of historic crafts. Weaving provided employment for numerous homesteader families in the 1930s and ‘40s, and a new exhibit commemorates that connection to the past. Many enjoyed the horse-drawn wagon tour of the historic community. An eagle from the West Virginia Raptor Center made the children ooh and aah. The antique cars, trucks, and tractors on display did the same for their elders. Hope to see you at the next festival on July 12, 2014!

A HUGE THANKS to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped to make it a success. We cannot thank you enough, and we would not be able to host this event without you!

Check out event photos on our Facebook page.

“Remember 1941” at the 2011 New Deal Festival!

Celebrate the remarkable history of the New Deal at Arthurdale Heritage’s annual New Deal Festival Saturday July 9, 2011. This year the festival looks back on Arthurdale at the cusp of America’s involvement in World War II in 1941.

This one day event has something for everyone – an antique car, truck, tractor, and motorcycle show, artisan demonstrations, craft market, museum tours, plus a quilt show and tours at the original Arthurdale Inn which is now Hospice Care Corporation.

A 1941 military recruiting station will be set up at Center Hall and an army tent and equipment will be on display on the lawn of the restored house E-15 near the car show. The nearby children’s activity area will include a menagerie of farm animals, old-fashioned games like marbles, and a “make your own classic toys” area.

The New Deal Homestead Museum has a special new exhibit containing items from the Fratkin Collection. This amazing collection features political memorabilia from FDR and New Deal era and items from the Civilian Conservation Corps.

At Center Hall’s front porch there will be 5 musical groups playing a variety of music including old time country, classic jazz, and bluegrass. Arrive hungry so you don’t miss out on the delicious grilled chicken dinners, charbroiled hamburgers, hot dogs and fries. Top off your meal with ice cream or chose from the selection of homemade desserts!

Gates open at 9 am with a flag ceremony, musical performances begin at 10am, and gates close at 5 pm.

Purchase your tickets in advance and save! Online tickets are $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per child 6-11. At the gate, admission is $8.00/adult or $15 for 2 adults and $5.00 for children 6-11. Ages 5 and under are FREE. Parking is free. Order online at to receive your discount.

For details, visit the website at, email, or call 304-864-3959.


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Volunteers are always appreciated and welcome. New Deal Festival volunteers will receive free admission! If you would like to volunteer at the New Deal Festival, contact AHI at:


After the New Deal Festival enjoy the Preston Community Arts Center’s Old Time Radio Show Dinner Theater in Kingwood! The show stars Dave Wills as the radio announcer and features Shirley Temple, Fibber McGee and Molly, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Kate Smith, and more celebrities and songs from the 1940s. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.  Two ticket options are dinner and show for $25 or dessert and show for $15. Dinner reservations must be made by July 2. Call 304.329.6336 to reserve your seat.

Thank You!

We had a great turnout, great weather and a wonderful time at the New Deal Festival today! Thanks to each and every one of you who who came out today!

We will be posting pictures of the event soon. Stay tuned!

Please let us know what you thought of the event. We value any and all feedback we receive.

See you next year on July 9, 2011!

New Deal Festival Program – Available for Download!

This year we are able to publish the New Deal Festival program online in advance of the event.  Everyone who attends gets a printed copy of this with General Admission.  Please help us spread the word about the New Deal Festival and let your friends know to take a look at the program!

Download the New Deal Festival Program (30 MB .pdf)

New Deal Festival Program

Please note that the New Deal Festival program requires Adobe Reader to view.

Governor Manchin Proclaims July “Arthurdale Heritage Month”

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.’

“We are delighted that Governor Manchin has honored our beautiful community by declaring July ‘Arthurdale Heritage Month,’” said AHI President Sarah Barnes. “This recognition helps us spotlight the important role our state played during the New Deal era.  Eleanor Roosevelt would be proud to know that her ‘little village’ is doing so well and telling the story of what she set out to accomplish,” Barnes said.

The New Deal Festival is Saturday, July 10th and features artisan demonstrators, a craft market, living history actors, an antique car, truck, and tractor show, quilt show, kids activities, live entertainment, barbecued chicken dinners, and more. More information about the New Deal Festival is online at:

Throughout its 25 years, AHI has tirelessly worked to restore and preserve the New Deal Homestead Community of Arthurdale. The organization started as a grass-roots community group in 1985, raising money through donations from local residents and businesses. Today, AHI has successfully restored and preserved five buildings comprising the New Deal Homestead Museum. AHI also has three major capital projects underway to restore five additional structures.

“Arthurdale Heritage has truly been a grassroots organization.  Those of us involved in 2010 are so grateful to the determined group who started the organization 25 years ago and the community who supported it. They worked so hard to raise every penny to restore what is now the New Deal Homestead Museum today.  The community of Arthurdale is such a wonderful place to live – due, in no small part, to the efforts of this organization.  Without AHI, the community would be another town with abandoned buildings and struggling to survive.  The people of Arthurdale are to be commended for their efforts over the years by taking such pride in their community and seizing the opportunity to tell their story,” Barnes said.

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin issued this proclamation declaring July 'Arthurdale Heritage Month.'

Reserve Your “Tea with Eleanor” Tickets Now

Arthurdale Heritage is giving you the unique opportunity to have tea with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Tea will be served at Noon, Friday, July 9th at the historic Arthurdale Inn. Tickets are $10.00 per person and you can reserve your tickets online at:

Tickets can also be reserved by contacting Arthurdale Heritage by phone at 304-864-3959 or by email at Reservations are limited to 50 people.

This event, part of Arthurdale Heritage’s New Deal Festival, gives you the chance to chat with Mrs. Roosevelt, portrayed by living history actor Patty Cooper, in an intimate and historic setting. Your reservation also includes a variety of hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.

Live Music Lineup Set for 2010 New Deal Festival

Nathan Wilson of The Jenny & Nathan Wilson Jazz Duo

From bluegrass to jazz, from blues to Dixieland, an eclectic array of music is on tap at Arthurdale Heritage’s 2010 New Deal Festival. Performing on the main Center Hall stage are: the Falling Run Bluegrass Band, The Halftime String Band, The Dan Baker Trio, Born Old and The Jenny & Nathan Wilson Jazz Duo. The New Deal Festival opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 10th with performances beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Since they began performing in 2003, The Halftime String Band has continued to diversify their sound, developing original material and borrowing from a variety of musicians and styles. Working from a bluegrass/newgrass foundation, they also like to work the edges of rock and roll, jazz, and blues. Based in Morgantown, West Virginia, The Halftime String Band has shared the stage with some of bluegrass, country, and rock’s biggest stars including Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Keller Williams, and the Del McCoury Band. The band includes musicians: Jason Jaros, Bob Spangler, Fred Crozier, and Shane Schoenadel.

The Falling Run Bluegrass Band is no stranger to the regional music scene. The band has played events around the region for over 15 years, including festivals, events, and West Virginia University functions. The band focuses on traditional bluegrass and features accomplished musicians who have mastered numerous playing styles from Rock-a-billy bass “slapping” to Scruggs-style banjo playing. Members of the Falling Run Bluegrass Band have also performed with other notable bluegrass groups including the Songcatchers, Uncle Earl, and Wild Hog. Band members are Ray Hicks, Tiffany Underwood, Tim Selman, Aaron Holley, Rachel Eddy, Chris Haddox, and Zach Fanock.

Ray Hicks was born in Madisonville Tennessee in 1942. He began playing guitar in 1958 and immediately took an interest in traditional music, learned from local musicians, records and off the radio. Ray’s influences include Bill Monroe, Jimmy Rodgers, and The Carter Family. Ray joined the faculty of forestry at West Virginia University in 1978 and has played in numerous bluegrass and oldtime bands over the past 40 years.

Tiffany Underwood plays mandolin and sings with FRBB. She has one of the richest strongest voices anywhere. Tiffany also plays with the Songcatchers from her native Raleigh County.  Tiffany now makes her home in Morgantown.

Tim Selman, along wit Ray is an original member of the FRBB and a 3rd generation banjo player hailing from Webster County. Tim now lives in the Morgantown area and is one of the best Scruggs-style players anywhere. Tim also builds and repairs banjos.

Aaron Holley is a great bass player from Cabell County who has mastered several styles, including the Rock-a-billy “slapping” style. He is currently a student in Mining Engineering at WVU.

Rachel Eddy is from Morgantown, but has traveled the world playing music. Fresh from a European stint, she returned to the states to play with the popular all-woman bluegrass/oldtime band Uncle Earl. Rachel plays fiddle, banjo , bass or guitar and is a great vocalist as well.

Chris Haddox, fiddle/mandolin/guitar/vocals, is originally from Logan County, but now resides in Morgantown and works in the Davis College, focusing on “green design” of buildings. Chris and Ray have played in several bands together, including “Wild Hog” with the late legendary fiddle player Craig Johnson.

Zach Fanock is another Morgantown product. Zach is a master fiddler, winning numerous contests, and an alumnus of the East Tennessee State University “Pride Band.” ETSU is the only university in America to offer a bluegrass program and boasts of alumni such as Adam Steffey, Tim Stafford and Barry Bailes who have played in bands with Alison Kraus. Zach is currently working toward another degree from Fairmont State University.

Members of the Dan Baker Trio have performed with some of music’s legends including Mel Torme and Rare Silk. Dan Baker is a graduate of New York’s New School and has been actively performing ever since. He is currently the guitar instructor at Waynesburg University and co-founder and board member of the Washington Jazz Society. Michael Berry is a two-time Grammy nominee for his work with Rare Silk. He attended Denver University School of Music and has opened for legends including Mel Torme and Jeff Lorber. Greg Thurman is a graduate of West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts and Washington and Jefferson College. He has performed around the eastern United States at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, and the West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival. Thurman is a student of WVU faculty Dr. Andrew Kohn and Professor Paul Scea.

The Jenny & Nathan Wilson Jazz Duo is the husband and wife duo of Nathan and Jenny Wilson from Morgantown, West Virginia. They perform a variety of jazz styles in the classic piano duo setting. Their mix of vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, and fretless bass provide an entertaining and rich musical experience. Influenced by artists such as Shirley Horn, Diana Krall, and Bill Evans, the duo combines standards, contemporary jazz, pop tunes, and originals into a set of creative and spontaneous arrangements. Nathan and Jenny perform regularly at clubs, festivals, and restaurants throughout West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

Performance Information

What: Arthurdale Heritage’s New Deal Festival

Where: Historic Arthurdale Center Hall Complex, Arthurdale, West Virginia

When: Saturday, July 10, gates open at 9 a.m. and performances begin with the Dan Baker trio at 10:00 a.m., The Halftime String Band at 11:30, Born Old at 1:00, The Jenny & Nathan Wilson Jazz Duo takes the stage at 2:30 p.m., and the Falling Run Bluegrass Band closes the show at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets: Admission is $5.00 per person and tickets are available at the gates. Children age 5 and under are free.

The Halftime String Band performs at noon.

Tupelo Honey's Jenny Wilson. Tupelo Honey performs at 1:30 p.m.

Tupelo Honey's Nathan Wilson Tupelo Honey performs at 1:30 p.m.

The Falling Run Bluegrass Band takes the stage at 3 p.m.


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.