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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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Arthurdale and the New Deal Festival

The second Saturday of July is always the New Deal Festival and we have always enjoyed coming to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Judy W
Morgantown, West Virginia
A Hidden Treasure

Arthurdale was the site of a 'recovery community' during the great depression. First Lady... read more

Reviewed 5 June 2017
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
14 miles east of Morgantown, 18 Q Road, Route 92, Arthurdale, WV 26520
+1 304-864-3959
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Judy W
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

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

Thank lnewcome
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.

Thank Kristina S
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.

Thank bethryan20
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

Thank Paul E
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!

Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our Arthurdale tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained the history & buildings very well. We especially enjoyed visiting the home on the tour and learning about Eleanor Roosevelt 's involvement in the community.

Thank Mary W
Reviewed 8 July 2016

This place was great, I'm surprised there are not more reviews. First thing, you need to take the tour, if you don't you will not get much of an experience because it is not the village it was when the community was built as part...More

Thank Gweedoe
Reviewed 16 January 2016

Eleanor Roosevelt put Arthurdale , WVA on the map of historical places helping unemployed coal miners in the thirties to own their own home by legislation in Washington. A must see historical town.

Thank Lou J
Reviewed 11 October 2015

We were directed to Arthurdale by the Morgantown Visitors Center. Located 15 miles SE of Morgantown, Arthurdale is a community established as part of the Roosevelt New Deal. The goal was to provide a mechanism to rescue out of work coal miners and provide them...More

Thank Jon L
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Tom B
4 November 2016|
Response from ArthurdaleHeritage | 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