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! 

Quilt documentation comes to Arthurdale

Save the story of your family quilts or other ones that you cherish.  The WV Quilt Documentation Project is recording the history of quilts made in—or currently residing in—West Virginia.
A documentation day is being held at the Arthurdale Inn (now WV Caring offices) on July 14 during the New Deal Festival–this FREE event does not require a New Deal Festival pass.  Appointments are required and can be made by contacting Kathy Opel via email (Kopel@yahoo.com) or by calling 304 329 1287.  During the free event, trained volunteers will examine and photograph quilts plus collect details of the quilt and its maker.  Even if the maker is unknown, quilts still have many stories to tell!

Quilt information and photos will be stored both in the archives of the WV Division of Culture and History in Charleston and on the national online data based, QuiltIndex.org .  Personal information about quilt owners is kept confidential.

For more details, visit the Documentation Page on the WV Quilters, Inc. website at wvquilters.org.

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 ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org 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 http://ndf.eventbrite.com/ to receive your discount.

For details, visit the website at http://newdealfestival.org, email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org, 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: ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org


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: http://www.newdealfestival.org.

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.'


Museum Hours

Nov 1-Apr 30: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 1-Oct 31:  Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.;  Sun, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Office hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Craft shop hours:  Mon-Friday  10 am-4 pm; Saturday 11-3pm; Sunday 1-5pm