Eleanor Roosevelt's Little Village, Arthurdale, WV

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The Homestead Project of Arthurdale

EleanorWelcome to Arthurdale, the nation’s first New Deal homestead subsistence project championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The first homesteaders arrived in 1934 and each property was 2 – 5 acres in size to allow the families to raise food and livestock. Modern amenities not commonly available around the country at that time – electricity, indoor plumbing, and a refrigerator – were provided to all 165 homes constructed by the federal government as a way to help families during the Great Depression. This ground-breaking project’s public buildings have been restored by residents who appreciated this second chance at life and knew the value of preserving it. A five-building museum is now open to the public year-round to tell the special story of the First Lady’s legacy.

Deck the Halls 2016 plus Craft Show

Two ways you can help:


Donate holiday items like vintage ornaments, handmade wreaths, or an unusual holiday item which we raffle. Local pickup is possible, or drop it off at the office.

Cash donations always help!

Visit our Donation page or give us a call at the office (304-864-3959).

9 am-3 pm

Support AHI and local crafters while getting a jump start on holiday shopping! Visit the Arts and Crafts show in Center Hall, AHI’s Craft Shop, and the Deck the Halls sale inside our historic buildings. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Craft Shop & CoOp Store Hours

Shop at the Craft Shop for local and handmade goods, including jewelry, soaps, Arthurdale souvenirs, and other gifts. From May-October, the Craft Shop is open Saturdays 11am-3pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm. Or stop by the office Mon-Fri during regular office hours – the office will open the Craft Shop for you.

Shop for local and organic food including meats & eggs, jellies & jams, produce, snacks, teas & coffees, plus more, at the Arthurdale CoOp Store in the old Esso Service Station. Stop by and say hello to volunteer manager Lee Tuesday through Friday from 12pm to 4pm or Saturday from 10am to 2pm.


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