Arthurdale Heritage

About Arthurdale

Revisit the 1930s in Arthurdale, WV. 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 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.”

Today, Arthurdale is a National Historic District featuring 160 of the 165 original homesteads. The New Deal Homestead Museum is a multibuilding museum comprised of a forge filled with original tools, a service station reminiscent of a bygone era, the historic Center Hall, the original federal government administration building and a fully restored Arthurdale homestead.

The Arthurdale Craft Shop is a stop on the West Virginia Honey Trail, check out the full trail here!

The Craft Shop specializes in Appalachian crafts and quality gifts. Visit the second weekend in July for the New Deal Festival! Check out our events calendar for classes, workshops, movies and more.


Stop by for a tour and walk the grounds Eleanor visited more than 33 times, tour several original buildings, visit their goat farm, and take a step through the everlasting history of Preston County. Arthurdale Heritage offers guided tours year around, as well as classes, workshops, movies, and so much more.
Additionally, they are now offering advance ticketing! Visitors can purchase their tickets in advance through their secure website, here, or if you’re in the area stop by and see about a walk-up tour. The scheduled tours are offered 4 times a day (10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM, and 2:30PM), with up to 10 people in each tour group. Traveling with veterans, seniors, students or children? Ask about their discounts! Arthurdale is a proud partner of Museums for All, this means EBT cardholders are able to visit the museum for free (with up to 3 guests) which allows EBT cardholders to visit the museum for free (with up to 3 guests). To learn more about if you qualify and how to take advantage, visit their website here.

Event Rental

This fully restored historic facility is the perfect place for weddings, receptions, parties, reunions, meetings, and other gatherings. The Hall will comfortably seat 85. The grounds are also available for reunions or to accommodate larger groups. Visit their rental page for more information on the space and pricing.

New Deal Festival

The New Deal Festival is held annually on the second Saturday in July to celebrate the unique history of Arthurdale, the nation’s first New Deal homestead community.  The event is sponsored by Arthurdale Heritage, Inc., the non-profit organization with the mission to preserve Arthurdale and its cultural heritage for generations to come.

This family-friendly, old-fashioned festival features heritage demonstrations, an artisan craft market, children’s activities, hayrides with an original Co-Op tractor, an antique car show, local food trucks, and much more! For information on this years festival, visit their website. 

Enjoy this 360-degree tour of our business! Click and drag to look around, and use the menu in the bottom left corner to move to a different room. 


18 Q Road
Arthurdale , WV  26520 

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