Eleanor Roosevelt's Little Village, Arthurdale, WV

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Original Hodgson House

One of the 50 original Hodgson houses ordered from a catalog by President Roosevelt’s aide, Louis Howe, over 80 years ago was opened for a one-day tour on September 13. To commemorate the special day, remarks were made by Dr. Jenny Boulware of WVU, Jeanne Goodman, executive director, and Sharon Kees, who grew up in the home. The two-bedroom house also features a sun room off the living room.


Celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt’s Birthday

Celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday at the party for her on October 11. It will be the 130th anniversary of the birth of a very special First Lady and humanitarian who cared deeply about what was happening at Arthurdale from the 1930s on. Join us in celebrating her memory and accomplishments in the Center Hall. Elmer Rich, a well-known regional fiddler, will play for everyone just as he did for Mrs. Roosevelt when he was a teenager. Great food will be a part of the celebration too, of course.


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!

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 September only