This is a great opportunity to explore Arthurdale and the New Deal Homestead Museum.
* The buildings that will be open and the exhibits that will be in them is subject to change as we update our website for the 2022 New Deal Festival
The Administration Building served as local headquarters for the federal government during its control of Arthurdale. Today it is the New Deal Homestead Museum’s main building. It houses the bulk of AHI’s artifacts, exhibits, and archives. Right now we have a special exhibit of FDR campaign memorabilia, WWII buttons, Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) badges, and much more from the Fratkin Collection. There is also a collection of typewriter ribbon tins and associated office supplies.
There is a permanent collection of the craft items made or used in Arthurdale; copper and pewter goods, handwoven items, models of local buildings, school pictures, diplomas, letter sweaters, and much more. Come explore our past.
The MCCA Metal Forge housed the blacksmithing and pewter works. This photo shows the building in the 1930s. Today the Forge is still a working blacksmith shop. Local blacksmiths from the Appalachian Blacksmith Association will hold demonstrations throughout the New Deal Festival.
ESSO Service Station
The Co-op Esso Service Station was one of the few businesses that survived the federal liquidation.
The Esso Station has been converted into a Co-op Store run by Lee Martinec. The Co-op sells Preston County honey, jams, and jellies, meat & eggs, as well as organic produce, snacks, coffee & tea, and more. Check out the Co-op Facebook page and don’t forget to stop by during New Deal Festival!
ESSO Garage Bay
With help from WVU & United Way volunteers, we have relocated our Esso Service Station artifacts to the garage bay nearby. Step back in time and see Esso artifacts, including original auto repair machines, auto tires and equipment, and candy and tobacco displays.
Homestead E-15 is one of the original Arthurdale homes and has been restored to its original state. It is a Wagner-style house and was part of the second phase of homes built in Arthurdale. Inside, it is furnished with original Arthurdale furniture from AHI’s Stockdale Collection. It also contains authentic decor and items donated by original homesteaders and their descendants.
This year there is a temporary display of the history of feedsacks and seedsacks compiled by Anna Schein of the WVU Libraries. See how thrifty people used the printed fabrics to make needed household goods and clothing.
You will be able to meet children of the original homestead families and talk to them about what it was like growing up in Arthurdale.
Center Hall is the focal point of Arthurdale and the New Deal Homestead Museum. It was originally a church built in the 1850s in nearby Masontown. The building was disassembled and reassembled in Arthurdale to serve as a community center for the homesteaders. Center Hall served as a place for dinners, dances, and meetings. It is still regularly used by AHI and community members for the same purposes.