Place Category: Mountaineer Country
Arthurdale was the first federal New Deal community. Begun in 1933, the project relocated desperate WV families and gave them a path to a better life. Eleanor Roosevelt was a major force behind the plan and stayed deeply involved with its people for years. It was sold into private hands during WWII.
By 1984 the central buildings were mainly derelict. Local people worked to save both them and Arthurdale’s history. They formed Arthurdale Heritage and spent years fundraising to buy and rehabilitate them. Today, you can take a personally guided tour of five buildings in the New Deal Homestead Museum – Center Hall, Administration, Forge, Esso Station, and E-15, an original house. The Craft Shop specializes in Appalachian crafts plus souvenirs. The second Saturday in July is the annual New Deal Festival – details at NewDealFestival.org
Q Road and A Road Arthurdale, WV 26520
304-864-3959 | firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.arthurdaleheritage.org/