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Oh the New Years 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

On the map, Arthurdale is easy to spot, its that town right at the crossroads of The Best and Place in the World. Click more for more maps of Arthurdale and its surrounding countryside.

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 Thursday September 14, 2023
    We are honored to receive the 2023 Spirit of West Virginia Award from the WV Department of Tourism at the Stars of Almost Heaven awards banquet in Canaan Valley earlier… The post AHI Recognized with Spirit of West Virgina Tourism Award appeared first on Arthurdale, WV. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Monday May 01, 2023
    It is with a very heavy heart that we share with you the news of Delores Wolfe Hartsell’s passing. Delores was an active member of Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. until dementia… The post In Memory of Delores Wolfe Hartsell appeared first on Arthurdale, WV. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Thursday March 30, 2023
    Donate now to help save our roofs! Historic roofing over the garage bays has begun to leak, and we are urgently working to fix this issue! Your donation will go… The post Help Save Our Roofs! appeared first on Arthurdale, WV. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Monday March 20, 2023
    Choosing the people who would become the Arthurdale Homesteaders was a difficult task.  There were many people who needed help during the Great Depression, especially in impoverished areas like Scotts… The post The Arthurdale Homesteader Application appeared first on Arthurdale, WV. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Wednesday March 15, 2023
    Sadly, the vandalism, destruction and theft in our former school buildings has not stopped. We are at our wit’s end trying to keep thieves, drug users and others off our… The post Metal Detectors Prohibited appeared first on Arthurdale, WV. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday February 21, 2023
    We are excited to now offer advanced ticket sales online! You can choose the time and date of your museum tour and reserve tickets in advance here: If you… The post Book Your Tour Online appeared first on Arthurdale, WV. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Monday February 06, 2023
    Download our annual report to learn about our tour and financial numbers from the year: The post 2022 Annual Report appeared first on Arthurdale, WV. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday January 10, 2023
    See everything we have planned for the spring on the calendar below! We are excited for more fun here in Arthurdale and hope to see you here! You can download… The post Events Calendar (January-April) appeared first on Arthurdale, WV. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Wednesday November 30, 2022
    We are excited to present a new temporary exhibit at Arthurdale Heritage, which will open to the public on Monday, December 5 and run through Friday, January 13. Treasured: Contemporary… The post New Exhibit open December 5: Treasured appeared first on Arthurdale, WV. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday November 29, 2022
    EXCITING news! A generous donor has offered to match all donations from now until the end of the year up to $25,000! With your help, $25,000 will become $50,000 !!… The post Giving Tuesday appeared first on Arthurdale, WV. Continue Reading »

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