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Oh the holidays in our little community of Arthurdale, shopping, eating, drinking and enjoying time with friends and family. To be clear, Holiday cheer lives in Arthurdale, West Virginia. Around here, it's like the rest of the country, we all shop on for the most part because access to mega malls is slim. It's not a complicated place we live in, it's easy. Make Arthurdale, West Virginia your new home or just come to play. It's all here in Arthurdale!
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About Arthurdale

Arthurdale in West Virginia can be found in the 26520 zip code or postal code and is the kind of place you come to and relax. Leave the day-to-day stresses of live behind. Discover your Arthurdale, discover your happy place.

Where is Arthurdale

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People of Arthurdale

One of our greatest assets are our people. Come and meet the citizens of Arthurdale

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Arthurdale Real Estate

One of West Virginia's up and coming communities, the Arthurdale real estate market is getting hotter by the month. If you've considered a move out of the day to day and were looking in West Virginia, you should be taking a look at Arthurdale

Fun in Arthurdale

We have a lot of fun around in land of Arthurdale. Here are some things you might be interested in.

Arthurdale, WV, was first known as ?The Reedsville Project? by the government employees who were sent here to establish the first New Deal community under the first of three Franklin Delano Roosevelt administrations.

Prior to FDR?s election in 1933, Eleanor became interested in the work of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization which had begun a child feeding program in Pennsylvania and West Virginia at President Hoover?s request. Clarence Pickett, secretary of the AFSC, was invited to Hyde Park, NY, FDR?s home, to discuss the AFSC?s efforts at vocational reeducation and subsistence living projects. FDR, after his 1933 inauguration, promoted a bevy of bills to address the problems of the Depression. One of these was a bill to establish a subsistence homestead fund. This bill interested First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and she, along with Clarence Pickett, who by then had been appointed chief of the Stranded Mining and Industrial Populations Section of the Department of the Interior, became involved with The Reedsville Project.

The Reedsville Project, later named Arthurdale after Richard Arthur, from whom the land was purchased, was begun in 1934 as a homestead community. Land was purchased, residents were selected, homes were constructed, more residents were selected, more homes constructed? until there were 165 homes and several community buildings including a school complex, built on approximately 1200 acres in rural Preston County, WV. Today, most of the community buildings still stand and most are part of the New Deal Homestead Museum.

Many of the new residents were displaced miners from the Scott?s Run area near Morgantown, WV, but some moved here from other areas of Preston County and WV. Some of the homes housed the government employees who were assigned jobs here such as teachers, physicians, surveyors, engineers, secretaries, etc.

The homesteaders themselves were responsible for paying rent, working and farming their allotted acreage, and some were employed to build new homes and the administration building, forge, gas station, cooperative store, craft shop, center hall, and school buildings. Some found work in the schools, post office, barber shop, and the Mountaineer Craftsmen?s Association. Some were hired to work in the numerous business ventures which were enticed to the area.

The federal government liquidated its holdings in Arthurdale in 1947; all homes and community buildings were sold to private ownership. In 1984, the community celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its homesteading. This celebration resulted in the establishment of Arthurdale Heritage, Inc., whose mission is to preserve the historic community of Arthurdale.

  • Posted on Tuesday November 14, 2017
    Arthurdale Heritage staff and volunteers made a trip to the Scott’s Run Museum yesterday. We met with museum volunteers and community members to hear their stories and create a bond between our organizations. Scott’s Run and Arthurdale are inextricably linked – many Arthurdale families have roots in Scott’s Run. It was her visits with families in Scott’s Run that inspired Eleanor Roosevelt to create a homestead community. Thank you to the Scott’s Run Museum volunteers for welcoming us to your ... read more The post Visit to Scott’s Run Museum appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday October 10, 2017
    Preston County History Day allows everyone, young and old, to appreciate the contributions of earlier Prestonians. Open for tours on Sunday, October 15 will be Arthurdale Heritage from 1:00 – 5:00; in Kingwood, the James McGrew House from 1:00 – 3:00 and the Preston Academy, 2:00 – 5:00; Szilagyi Center museums in Rowlesburg, 1:00 – 4:00; and three outdoor Civil War Trail sites in Aurora and Rowlesburg. Some sites charge admission. Parking is free. The post Oct 15 is Preston County History Day appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Wednesday September 13, 2017
    Join us on Saturday, October 21st from 10-4 for a day of beautiful, handmade crafts and fun! Get a jump on your holiday shopping too.  What’s better than original artwork, jewelry, glass, pottery or fabric artwork as a gift for the holidays? Master Weaver and Americorps volunteer, Jane Gilchrist, will help you weave your very own rug! Kids of all ages will enjoy listening to JoAnn Dadisman tell WV ghost stories on the porch of our museum house.  Afterwards, take ... read more The post Craft Show and Fall Festival appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Monday August 14, 2017
    In collaboration with Preston County History Day activities, the Fairfax Manor is open this Sunday, August 20,  from 2 – 5 pm. The historic home is still a family home and the current owner, Caroline Richmond, will open the historic home for FREE tours on these days. Built in 1818 during the inception of Preston County, many of the original fittings of the original home are preserved – 9 over 6 and 6 over 6 windows, carved fireplace mantels with center ... read more The post Preston County History: Fairfax Manor appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Thursday July 20, 2017
    Each year we publish a festival book where businesses who are AHI supporters buy an ad. Families connected to Arthurdale often remember their relatives and friends in the book. It is full of pictures and stories about early Arthurdalians and those who came after plus Eleanor Roosevelt stories. This is the cover and a sample page from the 2017 edition. As long as supplies last, we can mail you a copy postpaid for only $5. (If you bought an ad, we mail ... read more The post 2017 New Deal Festival Book available appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Monday July 17, 2017
    Enter the raffle for a chance to win a homestead birdhouse! Handmade by the talented Terry Wright to look like E-15 and the Arthurdale Wagner homesteads, this birdhouse is a great keepsake for any Arthurdale lover. Raffle tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, or 15 for $10! More houses will be for sale in the Craft Shop. The drawing will be held Monday July 31. Buy your chances at the office, send a check in the mail, give us ... read more The post Homestead birdhouse raffle appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Thursday June 29, 2017
    The New Deal Festival is just around the corner! Join us in celebrating the New Deal, those who came before, and the history of Arthurdale. Find out more on the festival at the event website: . Gates open at 10 am and the day will be filled with four live music groups, craft show, antique car and tractor show, hay and wagon rides, kid’s activities, farm petting zoo, and much more! New this year is a feedsack installation in the ... read more The post New Deal Festival 2017 appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Friday June 23, 2017
    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 8 during the New Deal Festival–this FREE event does not require a New Deal Festival pass. During the free event, trained volunteers will examine and photograph quilts plus collect details of the quilt and its ... read more The post Quilt documentation comes to Arthurdale appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Friday June 09, 2017
    Celebrate 2017 Preston County History Days on the third Sundays June – October Learn more about the amazing history in your backyard during Preston County History Days on June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, and October 15. Arthurdale Heritage, a five-building museum complex representing the New Deal subsistence homestead project championed by Eleanor Roosevelt, including a restored homestead, on Rt. 92.  Craft Shop also open. — 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. — Open all dates   Fairfax Manor, Col. ... read more The post Celebrate 2017 Preston County History Day on third Sundays June-October appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday June 06, 2017
    The first annual Arthurdale Goat Gallop is made possible through the support of the local community and businesses. Thank you sponsors for your generosity and contribution! Official Sponsor Preston County Parks & Recreation Commission                          Kingwood, WV Co-Sponsor MedExpress Urgent Care                                                           Morgantown, ... read more The post Thank you Goat Gallop sponsors! appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »

Concerts in West Virginia


12/29/2017 21:00 Smokey Robinson


12/31/2017 22:00 Dance Dance Dance Party: Cannibal and The Headhunters
2/09/2018 21:00 Michael McDonald - Musician
3/07/2018 19:30 Foreigner
3/10/2018 20:00 Kansas - The Band
4/06/2018 19:00 Styx REO Speedwagon & Don Felder
4/07/2018 19:30 Straight No Chaser
5/22/2018 20:00 Chicago - The Band


12/31/2017 20:00 Broadsound Band
1/13/2018 20:00 Three Faces Of The King
1/26/2018 19:30 Free Fallin - Tom Petty Tribute


3/23/2018 19:30 Wycliffe Gordon


2/10/2018 19:30 Chris Young Kane Brown & LANCO
2/24/2018 20:00 Dwight Yoakam
3/22/2018 19:30 Cole Swindell Chris Janson & Lauren Alaina
4/06/2018 21:00 Charlie Daniels Band
4/07/2018 19:00 Wheeling Jamboree: Ronnie Milsap Tim O'Brien & Charlie McCoy
6/01/2018 19:30 Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
9/28/2018 3:30 Thomas Rhett Brett Young & Midland


1/27/2018 21:00 Bill Engvall
1/27/2018 18:00 Bill Engvall
2/08/2018 19:00 Jim Gaffigan
4/26/2018 20:00 Ron White


2/09/2018 19:30 Wheeling Symphony Orchestra: Andre Raphel - The Music of Elton John and Billy Joel
4/13/2018 19:30 Northern Lights


12/28/2017 20:30 Yarn
12/29/2017 20:30 Dangermuffin
12/31/2017 21:00 The Company Stores
2/07/2018 20:00 Lotus
2/10/2018 19:30 Yonder Mountain String Band
2/17/2018 20:00 Jason Isbell & James McMurtry
3/08/2018 19:30 Five For Fighting

50s / 60s ERA

4/28/2018 19:00 Rock and Roll Doo Wop