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“Fascinating History”

Arthurdale Heritage Inc. Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 12, 2013

My tour director was extremely knowledgeable and obviously passionate about the subject. Fascinating, lots of personal stories of residents, and nicely restored and preserved buildings. A real plus to tour an original house, the forge, the meeting hall and stores. No matter what your political persuasion, this is an example of an experiment in philosophy.

Thank Wandererbybirth
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

If you have an opportunity to visit, be sure to take a guided tour which you can arrange at the office. You will be able to go in the preserved buildings as well as the museum. There is a gift shop with local crafts sold. Eleanor Roosevelt visited here several times.

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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Staying with friends in an Arthurdale original house, they took us to the Museum. We toured with a "docent" who was very knowledgable. We had no idea that the CCC was involved in projects of this kind and that Mrs. Roosevelt was involved in the Arthurdale project to such an extent. An excellent piece of history in a beautiful part of the country. Recommended if you are in the area and have interest in the history of places. Thanks to the young lady who acted as our guide - she was obviously very involved in Arthurdale's history and preservation.

Thank Sally B
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

We were staying at a timeshare in Morgantown, WV and were looking for sites to see that were preferably no more than an hour away. We came across a reference to a place called Arthurdale that was approximately a half- hour’s ride from our location. Arthurdale is a small town where, during the Great Depression, the FDR administration undertook a project to resettle unemployed residents and their families (mainly miners if I remember correctly) from North Central WV in a relatively self-sustaining community. Arthurdale was the first of many New Deal Homestead and Resettlement Communities in various parts of the country (more on the other communities can be found at www.newdeallegacy.org). Residents were employed in agriculture and crafts and the community had its own health clinic and schools. Eleanor Roosevelt was the impetus and force behind the project and visited Arthurdale regularly. Arthurdale is listed as a 1,200 acre historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and is well worth visiting. There are various buildings and artifacts from the time including a multi-building museum and a craft shop. Also, there are various examples of the housing still standing although these are now private homes. The day we visited we were met by Eva, a young AmeriCorps volunteer who was on her second year as a volunteer there and lives in one of the original homes. The tour was free and Eva was an excellent guide, both very knowledgeable and personable. A visit to Arthurdale would be good for both adults and supervised children; allow for a minimum of an hour and if the weather is nice allow time to walk around the grounds. As an added benefit, the drive to and from Arthurdale is quite lovely in places as the road goes along scenic Decker’s Creek with its waterfalls.

3  Thank lusby
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

One of Eleanor Roosevelt's prime projects for help during the Depression. This is really an underutilized piece of American History. About mid-way between Morgantown, WV and Kingwood, WV. Small and cheap and standardized houses and lots for poor people.

2  Thank DonMcD
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