Eleanor Roosevelt's Little Village, Arthurdale, WV

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Roosevelt Run: 5k Walk/ Run

AUGUST 9

  • $25 July 20 through day of registration
  • There are a limited number of t-shirts now included with registration cost- first come first serve basis

Run or walk through the beautiful historic district of Arthurdale, WV and be transported back to the 1930s.  The course is frozen in time, making its way past many original Homestead houses where you might even see antique cars parked in the driveways! Eleanor Roosevelt will be handing out the awards, so make sure to do your best!  There is also a Kid’s Race and Wheelchair Roll available.

Join us after the races for other fun family activities including a petting zoo, pictures with Eleanor Roosevelt, the Tour Morgantown van,  antique car show, horseshoes, and the museums will be open for race participants. Healthy snacks and refreshments to recharge your body will be provided.

For more information, and to register, visit the official race website: rooseveltrun.wordpress.com

Celebrate Preston County History Day on third Sundays July-October

Learn more about history in your backyard with Preston County History Days. Third Sundays from July-October:  July 20, August 17, September 21 and October 19.  Times and locations subject to change so check back for updates!

View this county map for the locations (.pdf)

Times and locations are:

  • Arthurdale Heritage, a five-building complex representing the New Deal’s first subsistence homestead project, on Rt. 92
    • Noon-4:00pm
    •  Open all dates
  • Kingwood’s James McGrew House, 1841 home built by the prominent businessman involved in the formation of West Virginia, on Rt. 7
    • 1:00-3:00pm
    • Open all dates
  • Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg featuring the World War II Museum, Preston County Sports Museum, and B&O bridges exhibit, 4-H Museum, Emporium and café on Rt. 72
    • 1:00 – 5:00pm
    • Open all dates
  • Terra Alta History House, with 3 floors of Preston County history exhibits, photos and genealogy records, 109 East Washington Street
    • 1:30 – 4:30pm
    • Open through September only
  • Tunnelton Train Depot Museum, the 1913 brick train station once operated by the B&O Railroad, on Boswell Street (from Rt. 26 center of town go through underpass and the depot is on the left)
    • 1:00 – 3:00pm
    • Open through August only
  • Westbrook’s Esso shows the full-service gas station of yesteryear and antique truck on display 101 West High Street (corner of Price and W. High Streets).
    • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • Open all dates
  • Old Hemlock in Brandonville, country home of renowned outdoors author George Bird Evans.  A seven-room stone/log house constructed in 1782.   17098 Brandonville Pike.
    • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Open in October only

Celebrating Arthurdale’s 80th Birthday in 2014!

When spring arrives, we’ll have Second Saturday happenings beginning in May to celebrate this historic birthday.

When homesteaders moved in during 1934, all arrived with great excitement. It was a second chance at life in a place like no other where they had lived.

Second Saturday events include:

  • May 10 –Gardening with the Kingwood Master Gardeners
  • June 14 – Dave Conley, Homer Laughlin historian, talking about Fiesta Ware
  • July 12 – New Deal Festival adds a new exhibit on the Hodgson style houses
  • August 9 – Ice Cream Social with stories about going to school in early Arthurdale
  • September 13 – Visit and learn about our new Hodgson house E-2
  • October 11 – Eleanor’s Birthday party with period music

Stay tuned for more details and updates.

We invite you to be a part of this special year. Mark your calendars!