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


Volunteer Opportunities — Lend a Helping Hand

Arthurdale Heritage needs weekend tour guides for Saturdays and Sundays (12-4).   We will be having a tour guide training session Saturday,  29 Aug.  at 11am.   Please meet in the Center Hall.

Being a tour guide is fun and enables you to meet some very interesting people.   Last week,  we had visitors from as far away as the Ukraine.   Another tour guide met a woman who served as a Peace Corp volunteer in Bosnia during the 1992-95 war!

If you’d like to see what it is like to be a tour guide, please come to the training session this Saturday.   Email for more info:

Help Arthurdale Heritage do more to help others understand the value of this historic preservation project and to have fun at community events through:

  • serving as a summer tour guide on weekend days (we’ll gladly train you)
  • assisting with periodic fundraising dinners in a variety of ways
  • becoming a member of our working committees
  • serving on the event staff for WVU football and basketball games as part of the Arthurdale group
  • providing office staff support for ongoing projects

Call the Arthurdale Heritage office at 304-864-3959 Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m., and we’ll be happy to discuss your interest in lending a helping hand.


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.