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Arthurdale Heritage Inc. Museum

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Address: 14 miles east of Morgantown, 18 Q Road, Route 92, Arthurdale, WV 26520
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+1 304-864-3959
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11:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Revisit the 1930s in Arthurdale, West Virginia. Established in 1933, by the...

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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I am a tour guide at the heritage. I have had people visiting from all over the U.S. stop to take the tours.

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... read more

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Masontown, West Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 for a tour.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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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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Alderson, West Virginia
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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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Thank bethryan20
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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 are knowledgeable and the history of the social experiment is very interesting.

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

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Reviewed 24 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.

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Thank Mary W
Boston, Ma
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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 of the New Deal program. They seems to have low visitation so if you get... More 

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Thank Gweedoe
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Reviewed 15 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.

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Thank Lou J
Charlottesville, Virginia
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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 with a more productive life. A pet project of Eleanor Roosevelt, it was the first... More 

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Lambertville, New Jersey
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Reviewed 10 October 2015

Arthurdale, West Virginia was the first New Deal planned subsistence homestead community, founded by Eleanor Roosevelt during the Great Depression in 1934. We wanted to get a quick look. We stopped at the museum complex. To be candid, it looked shabby versus the tourism photos that we had seen. There were some nearby buildings that appeared to be locked up.... More 

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Reviewed 19 July 2015

Made the trip up to Arthurdale while visiting in Morgantown, WV. Had seen PBS specials about Eleanor Roosevelt's experiment of a commune type rescue of local out of work miners and my husband had a book about the place. The descendents of the original families have restored the community buildings and one of the houses and there is a museum... More 

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