Visit Arthurdale

“Eleanor’s Little Village”

Revisit the 1930s in Arthurdale, West Virginia. Established in 1933, by the United States government, Arthurdale is the nation’s first New Deal Homestead Community. Created through President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation, the community provided a new chance at life for residents of West Virginia who were suffering from the Great Depression. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt served as the empathetic force behind the community, which became known as “Eleanor’s Little Village” because of her interest. Today, Arthurdale is a National Historic District that features 160 of the 165 original homesteads.

Directions to Arthurdale
GPS COORDINATES: Q-Road and A-Road, Arthurdale, WV 26520

From Baltimore, MD and points east:

I-70 West to I-68 West. From I-68 West travel approximately 108 miles. Take Exit 4 — Sabraton — Route 7. Make a left onto Route 7 East toward Kingwood. Follow Route 7 East approximately 12 miles to the intersection of Route 7 and Route 92. At intersection, go straight onto Route 92 S. Go approximately another 1.2 miles. Arthurdale Museum Complex is on the right hand side.

From Pittsburgh, PA, and points north:

I-79 South to I-68 East. From I-68 East travel approximately 5 miles. Take Exit 4 — Sabraton — Route 7. Make a left onto Route 7 East toward Kingwood. Follow Route 7 East approximately 12 miles to the intersection of Route 7 and Route 92. At intersection, go straight onto Route 92 S. Go approximately another 1.2 miles. Arthurdale Museum Complex is on the right hand side.

From Indianapolis, IN, and points west:

I-70 East to I-79 South. I-79 South to I-68 West. Take Exit 4 — Sabraton — Route 7. Make a left onto Route 7 East toward Kingwood. Follow Route 7 East approximately 12 miles to the intersection of Route 7 and Route 92. At intersection, go straight onto Route 92 S. Go approximately another 1.2 miles. Arthurdale Museum Complex is on the right hand side.

From Charlotte, NC, and points south:

I-77 North onto I-77 North/I-81South/US-11 South toward Wytheville/Bluefield. Take Exit 72 to merge onto I-77 North. Take Exit 48 — Summersville/US-19. Follow US-19 to I-79 North. Merge onto I-68 East from I-79 North. Take Exit 4 — Sabraton — Route 7. Make a left onto Route 7 East toward Kingwood. Follow Route 7 East approximately 12 miles to the intersection of Route 7 and Route 92. At intersection, go straight onto Route 92 S. Go approximately another 1.2 miles. Arthurdale Museum Complex is on the right hand side.

Eleanor Dancing

Photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt Dancing in Arthurdale Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Library