Eleanor Roosevelt's Little Village, Arthurdale, WV

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Roosevelt Run: 5k Walk/ Run


  • $25 July 20 through day of registration
  • There are a limited number of t-shirts now guaranteed with registration on a 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

Thank you to our 2014 sponsors:

  • Gold


  • Silver
    Preston Memorial Hospital
  • Bronze
  • Supporting
    Shop ‘n Save Express in Reedsville


Free Tickets to Tour the New Deal Homestead Museum

As part of the Smithsonian Museum’s Ninth Annual Museum Day, tours of Arthurdale Heritage’s five-building homestead community museum and special exhibits on Rt. 92 in Preston County will be free on September 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Smithsonian ticket. Tickets are available at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/ticket and must be presented for free admission. The Craft Shop, staffed by volunteers, features regional handcrafted items and will also be open. Over 1,400 museums will be open for free tours nationwide.

Thank You! A Successful New Deal Festival

At Arthurdale, history is fun. Those who came to the New Deal Festival on July 13 enjoyed the toe-tapping music, food, and demonstrations of historic crafts. Weaving provided employment for numerous homesteader families in the 1930s and ‘40s, and a new exhibit commemorates that connection to the past. Many enjoyed the horse-drawn wagon tour of the historic community. An eagle from the West Virginia Raptor Center made the children ooh and aah. The antique cars, trucks, and tractors on display did the same for their elders. Hope to see you at the next festival on July 12, 2014!

A HUGE THANKS to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped to make it a success. We cannot thank you enough, and we would not be able to host this event without you!

Check out event photos on our Facebook page.

New Deal Festival is Saturday, July 13!

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Step back in time to 1933 at the New Deal Festival this year to experience President Franklin Roosevelt’s first year in office and the beginning of the New Deal. Celebrate the unique history of Arthurdale with a day of food, arts & crafts, living history, and more.  Tour the historic community on a hay wagon ride, stop by the antique car and tractor show, and see artisan demonstrations.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a New Deal celebration without a visit from Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt! Chat with the President and First Lady, and don’t miss their address to the crowd at 11:30am.

We have a great line-up of local blues, country, and folk bands this year, including Mahajibee Blues, Triadelphia, Black Horse, and Soup Camel Music.

Speak with children of the original homesteaders at the E-15 Homestead, and brush up on your Arthurdale history. WVU Librarian and HELM Committee member Anna Schein will bring a display on rag rug weaving in Appalachia. The exhibit will be set up in the Service Station, so be sure to stop by.

The festival also features delicious food, children’s activities, a crafts market, horse-drawn wagon rides, and much more!

Save money, buy your tickets in onlineAdvance tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 – 12. At the gate, general admission is $8 and children ages 6 – 12 are $5. Children under 5 get in for free.

Remember, volunteers attend the Festival for free, so contact the office if you are interested in volunteering to setup, work a shift at the event, or cleanup.

Visit NewDealFestival.org for more information.