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About Arthurdale

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 Wednesday June 27, 2018
    The Arthurdale Heritage office will be closed to the public on Monday, July 2nd to observe the Independence Day holiday. Tours are available this weekend with regular hours and will resume on Tuesday, July 3rd. The post No tours Monday July 2nd appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Sunday June 17, 2018
    Congratulations to this years participants in the second annual Goat Gallop 5k for hoofin’ it through Arthurdale with us today! A big thank you to the volunteers who made the day possible. The results of the race are available now at the Goat Gallop website and are posted below. We’ll see you next year! 2018 Results Overall Results Women 1 Martin, Allie W13 Runner 20:40.47 2 Stark, Chloe Ann W14 Runner 21:46.06 3 Mihoces, Kacey W24 Runner 21:53.75 Overall Results ... read more The post Goat Gallop 5k 2018 Results appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday June 12, 2018
    On Saturday June 16th, the AHI museum will be open free of charge to celebrate the Preston County Bicentennial and welcome the Goat Gallop 5k. Please note the modified Saturday hours of 9 – 12. The post Celebrating Preston County Bicentennial, AHI Museum hours June 16 from 9 – 12 appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Monday June 11, 2018
    Please join Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. and the Community Presbyterian Church of Arthurdale for the New Deal Festival Quilt Show – Wrapped in His Love July 14, 2018 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Community Presbyterian Church of Arthurdale Quilts will be accepted from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, July 13th at the Church. All bed sized quilts will be displayed and identified by Quilter, Designer, Long-Arm Quilter as applicable, and approximate year of creation. Quilts will need to be ... read more The post Call for Quilts! New Deal Festival 2018 appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Wednesday May 23, 2018
    Learn more about the amazing history in your backyard during Preston County History Days on June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21.         Some sites charge admission; parking is free. 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 Aurora Area Historical Society, in its new building, features collections ranging from old-time retail and farming to ... read more The post   Celebrate 2018 Preston County History Days on the third Sundays June – October appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday May 22, 2018
    The 2018 Goat Gallop 5k Run / Walk is just around the corner and we can’t wait! Join us on Saturday, June 16 for a gallop around historic Arthurdale with the herd. Celebrate the history of Preston County by enjoying an event in the heart of Eleanor Roosevelt’s “Little Village”. Pre-registration closes Friday June 1st; this special pre-registration guarantees an event t-shirt and saves $5! Registration will be open online and onsite until the event. Register online at runsignup.com/Race/WV/Arthurdale/goatgallop5k or stop by ... read more The post Hoof it through history at the Goat Gallop 5k appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Wednesday May 16, 2018
    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 ... read more The post Quilt documentation comes to Arthurdale appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday April 24, 2018
    The Arthurdale Heritage office will be closed Tuesday May 8th for Election Day. The office will reopen Wednesday, May 9th with normal hours. Check your voter registration status and find your polling place. The post Office closed May 8th appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Wednesday April 18, 2018
    The Arthurdale Heritage office will be closing early this Friday (April 20th) at 2:00 pm for weekend event preparation. We’ll see you Saturday in Masontown at the Elimination Dinner–doors open at 5 and dinner is at 6. We’ll be back in the office Monday! The post Office closes early Friday April 20th appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday April 17, 2018
    The annual Arthurdale Community Yard Sale is Saturday May 5! Drive around historic Arthurdale and stop at the many houses that will be selling all sorts of treasures. Free maps with a list of sellers will be available outside the Visitors Center on Saturday morning. Want to add your house to our map? The deadline is Friday April 27 at noon. Registration is FREE! Call the office or email ahi@arthurdaleheritage.org with any questions. Add your listing to the online form at your convenience ... read more The post Community Yard Sale 2018 appeared first on Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. Continue Reading »