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.


‘Deck the Halls’ Holiday Event

Deck the Halls

Join our holiday fundraising celebration on Friday and Saturday, December 6 – 7. Beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, ornaments, etc. – some handmade, some vintage, some classic – are offered to you to enhance your home. Thanks to our friends and businesses for the beautiful donations.

Enjoy the reception Friday evening with friends. Return with the kids on Saturday for some family fun!

Deck the Halls Schedule

Friday Dec. 6 from 5 to 8pm
Wine & Cheese Reception

  • Decorations are for sale & bid in the stone Administration Building and in the Forge.
  • Craft Shop is open

Saturday Dec. 7 from noon to 4pm
Family Day

  • Elves help children make cinnamon ornaments
  • Hay rides (weather permitting)
  • Last chance to buy a lovely decoration
  • Craft Shop is open

The Craft Shop’s unique and unusual gifts for everyone on your list:

  • Pottery
  • Treenware
  • Baby afghans & sweaters
  • WV glass
  • Cookbooks
  • Stained Glass
  • Marion Eiermann’s local landmarks art
  • Mary Walker candies
  • Soaps
  • Lotions
  • Arthurdale Christmas cards
  • Jams & jellies
  • Antique & retro jewelry
  • Baskets
  • Hand knit scarves
  • Arthurdale Cats Meows

Dec 3 1936
I visited the craft shop and bought some Christmas presents…. Eleanor Roosevelt

See the craft shop’s holiday hours.

Eleanor Roosevelt’s 129th Birthday Party

Celebrate Eleanor Roosevelt’s 129th birthday at Arthurdale Heritage’s party for her on Oct. 13 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Reedsville Fire Hall.

Lots to eat, including birthday cake, an Arthurdale trivia contest, 1930s era music, a silent auction for antique glassware and other pieces, and a drawing for a handmade quilt will make the event memorable and fun.

$10 tickets are available online or at the office; at the door, admission is $12.

Eleanor dancing

All proceeds benefit the historic preservation project championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.



Celebrate Preston County History Day on Sunday, October 20

Explore the history from the 1700s through the 20th century all over Preston County.  Celebrate Preston County History Day on Sunday, October 20 at four historical sites around the county.

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, (noon – 4:00) on Rt. 92
  • Kingwood’s James McGrew House, 1841 home built by the prominent businessman involved in the formation of West Virginia, (1:00 – 3:00) on Rt. 7
  • Westbrook’s Esso, showing the full-service gas station of yesteryear and antique truck on display, (1:00 – 3:00) 101 West High Street (on the corner of Price and W. High Streets)
  • Szilagyi Center in Rowlesburg featuring the World War II Museum, Preston County Sports Museum, and B&O bridges exhibit, café and shops, (1:00 – 5:00) on Rt. 72