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.
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.