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.

Smithsonian Museum Day Offers Free Admission

In conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Seventh Annual Museum Day on September 24, 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. The tour includes a restored home, exhibits on the New Deal project, administration building, forge, service station, and community building. Tour tickets are available at and must be presented for the free admission. On Sunday, the museum will be open noon to 4 p.m., and admission will be charged for tours. The volunteer-run Craft Shop will also be open at the same times.

Arthurdale Heritage Offers Free Admission on Smithsonian Magazine’s 6th Annual Museum Day

Visit America’s first New Deal Homestead Community

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Arthurdale Heritage will participate in Smithsonian magazine’s 6th annual Museum Day.  A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian’s Museum Day emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, DC-based properties. Doors will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and visitors at museums and cultural institutions nationwide.

“We are pleased to join with hundreds of museums in celebrating Museum Day by extending our hours from 9am to 4pm and offering free admission with a Smithsonian ticket,” said Jeanne Goodman, Executive Director of Arthurdale Heritage.  “This is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase Arthurdale and its important part in America’s history.”

Arthurdale, the nation’s first New Deal subsistence homestead community, was established in 1933.  It provided a new chance at life for residents of North Central West Virginia who were suffering from the effects of the great depression.  Today, the community is a National Historic District.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt served as the empathetic force behind the project, was concerned with the families, and often visited the community.

This multi-building museum illustrates the story of Arthurdale as a New Deal Homestead.  There is a forge filled with original tools, a service station reminiscent of a bygone era, historic Center Hall, the original federal government administration building, and a fully restored Arthurdale homestead.

Visit to download your Museum Day Admission Card. Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Card to gain free entry. Each card provides museum access for two people, and one admission card is permitted per household.

For more information on Arthurdale and for driving directions, see “Visit Arthurdale.”

Smithsonian Magazine Booklet advertises Arthurdale

Deb Miller sent this in to share with us:

If you get the Smithsonian magazine, then you probably already saw the “Heritage Culture” booklet that was glued into the May issue of the magazine.  I’ve scanned the cover, the page opposite the one with the Arthurdale information (on West Virginia in general), and the page with the 1/6 ad showing the Arthurdale banner (with the Greater Morgantown’s banner).  I thought everyone would enjoy seeing it.


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

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