Eleanor Roosevelt's Little Village, Arthurdale, WV

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Deck the Halls & Craft Show November 14 and 15

Santa with giftsCome to our wine & cheese opening on the 14th from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. to check out a great variety of donated wreaths, creative ornaments and other decorations, the Arthurdale Craft Shop’s special items, and the Craft Show’s many gift choices in the Center Hall.

The 15th is family day from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. See all the joyous decorations and craft items for your home and holiday giving. Bring along the family to make ornaments with our happy elves. Weather permitting, there will be hayrides and a small petting zoo too.

 

Top 20: Reason #5

We’re in the homestretch of our countdown of the top 20 reasons for you and your family to visit the New Deal Festival.

Arthurdale Inn

Arthurdale Inn

5. Tour Eleanor Roosevelt’s private rooms in the Arthurdale Inn (now Hospice).

6. Reunite with old friends

7. See original electoral college ballots from the 1936 presidential election in the Fratkin Collection

8. Find out how to turn zippers into roses at the crafts market

9. Enjoy live music from four local bands

10. Climb aboard a horse drawn wagon and tour historic Arthurdale

11. Get up close to hawks, eagles, and owls from the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center

12. Visit a WWII military camp complete with original Jeeps

13. Make a button buzzer in the kid’s area

14. Look under the hood of a your favorite car

15. Enjoy Arthurdale’s famous barbecue chicken dinners

16. Watch blacksmiths turn raw metal into a thing of beauty in the Forge

17. Listen to WV stories about Eleanor Roosevelt in the Esso Station collected by the Traveling 219 Project

18. Talk with children of original homesteaders and learn what pranks they liked to play on their neighbors growing up

19. Meet Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

20. Pet Eleanor the goat and meet her baby Anna

New Deal Festival Offers Something for the Entire Family

Arthurdale Heritage’s New Deal Festival gives every member of the family something to enjoy. The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14th and features artisan demonstrations, historic reenactments, museum tours, craft market, antique car, truck, and tractor show, quilt show, supervised kids area with games and activities, and much more.

“We want to show how fascinating history can be. Oftentimes when kids think history, they think of dusty books. At the festival they can learn about Arthurdale, the Great Depression, and World War II as living history,” said Jeanne Goodman, Arthurdale Heritage Executive Director.

Youngsters can enjoy games and activities geared especially for them in the festival’s supervised kids’ area. This year, they can get up close with hawks, eagles, and owls from the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center. Kids can also take part in old fashioned games like marbles and stop by the little red barn to visit Turbo the “toy” pig, horses, goats, calves, and other livestock. Kids have the opportunity to get hands-on by visiting the World War II military encampment and by talking with descendants of original Arthurdale homesteaders.

One of the most popular events at the New Deal Festival is the antique car, truck, and tractor show. Guests can check under the hood of some of Detroit’s classiest machines from the 1920s all the way to hot-rods and muscle cars from the 1960s and ‘70s. The show, hosted by the Arthurdale Tire Kickers Club, also features antique tractors, including a restored tractor manufactured at the Reedsville Co-Op Tractor Factory.

Tour options allow a closer look at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Little Village. Climb aboard a horse-drawn wagon and explore the Arthurdale community. Or opt for an old-fashioned hay ride. Tickets for these specialty tours can be purchased at the information booth the day of the event.

Be sure to bring your appetite. As always, the festival features Arthurdale’s famous home-cooked, grilled chicken dinners. The recipe, kept secret by the descendants of homesteaders is an Arthurdale tradition. Each dinner includes sides and homemade dessert. Also are available are more traditional festival fare of hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and more.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m. Purchase your festival tickets in advance and save. Online tickets are $5.00 per adult, $3.00 per child 6-11. At the gate, admission is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free. Parking is free. Advance tickets can be purchased online at: http://www.newdealfestival.org

New Deal Festival Featured on Morgantown AM

Be sure to tune in to WAJR-AM in Morgantown Wednesday morning, July 11th at 8:30 to hear about the New Deal Festival.

Jeanne Goodman, Arthurdale Heritage Executive Director will be a featured guest on the morning talk show to promote the New Deal Festival. Goodman will be promoting all the new events and activities at this year’s festival including the Fratkin Collection, the Traveling 219 Project, the expanded kids area and more.

The segment begins at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Morgantown AM on WAJR 1440-AM. You can listen online live at WAJR.com.