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Arthurdale Heritage Inc. Museum

14 miles east of Morgantown, 18 Q Road, Route 92, Arthurdale, WV 26520
+1 304-864-3959
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Excellent staff, tour and history lesson

My wife and I arrived on a foggy, drizzly weekday. We were quickly warmed in the Visitor Center by... read more

Reviewed 15 February 2018
WSB19
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Winchester, Virginia
Fun

This was a great experience ! The staff was great ! Iiked the old Esso and the old house. I highly... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Harrison G
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Hillsboro, Ohio
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Revisit the 1930s in Arthurdale, West Virginia. Established in 1933, by the United States government, Arthurdale is the nation’s first New Deal Homestead Community. Created through President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation, the community provided a new chance at life for residents of West Virginia who were suffering from the Great Depression. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt served as the empathetic force behind the community, which became known as “Eleanor’s Little Village” because of her interest. Today, Arthurdale is a National Historic District that features 160 of the 165 original homesteads. The New Deal Homestead Museum is a multi-building museum comprised of a forge filled with original tools, an Esso service station reminiscent of a bygone era, the historic Center Hall, the original federal government administration building, and a fully restored Arthurdale homestead. The museum Craft Shop specializes in Appalachian crafts and quality gifts. The CoOp Store at the old Esso station sells fresh produce, local foods, and gifts.
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14 miles east of Morgantown, 18 Q Road, Route 92, Arthurdale, WV 26520
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

My wife and I arrived on a foggy, drizzly weekday. We were quickly warmed in the Visitor Center by the staff's friendly greeting -- with coffee and cookies, no less! Nora led us on the 75-minute tour that included 5 buildings (very different from each...More

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Darlene B, Manager at Arthurdale Heritage Inc. Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2018

Thank you for visiting and sharing your experience! We hope to see you at our New Deal Festival on July 14th.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This was a great experience ! The staff was great ! Iiked the old Esso and the old house. I highly recommend this place.

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Were touring WV so we made sure to stop at Eleanor Roosevelt's "Little Village" in Authurdale about an hour east from Clarksburg (14 mikes outside of Morgantown) if my memory is correct. Growing up with Depression Era parents, I learned quite a bit through family...More

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Reviewed 28 July 2017

We had a private tour from the gentleman who was extremely knowledgeable and turned out to be descended from one of the families. So we were like guests at his home. But his historical research and interpretive skills in relaying that experience made the trip...More

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Reviewed 9 July 2017

The second Saturday of July is always the New Deal Festival and we have always enjoyed coming to this festival every year. It encourages the return of many of the families who have previously lived in the community - so it is like a family...More

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Reviewed 5 June 2017

Arthurdale was the site of a 'recovery community' during the great depression. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wanted to help the people of this area, and she set up a community to house, educate and train families who had been hard hit by the depression. Our...More

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Reviewed 17 May 2017

Arthurdale Heritage was Eleanor Roosevelt's small Washington, DC. It was her point that each family chosen had to be educable and were required to take a test. Each home was required to have running water and a bathroom. If you are in the area stop...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

For so many people, history is a long-ago time. Arthurdale's history is 20th century and worth a second look. My husband and I visited on a whim and really enjoyed the visit.

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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed my visited. It is a history more people should know about. My tour guide was very nice and she showed me one of the homesteads and a few other buildings. There was actually a wedding in preparation when I was there.

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Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

It is worth stopping at AHI if you are at all interested in Roosevelt era history. Mrs. Roosevelt visited many times and the president was there frequently too. It is a museum that clearly represents the proud heritage of people from Arthurdale. The tour guides...More

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ArthurdaleHeritage, General Manager at Arthurdale Heritage Inc. Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2016

Thank you for visiting Eleanor Roosevelt's first New Deal Community!

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Tom B
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Response from Arthurdale H | Property representative |
Hello Tom! We do weekday tours throughout the year, Monday - Friday between 11 am and 3 pm. Our weekend tours run May - October. We'd love to see you next time you're in the area! - Laura at Arthurdale Heritage
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