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Arthurdale: New Deal Community

In 1933, the U.S. government established the nation's first New Deal Homestead Community in Arthurdale, West Virginia. The community offered residents of West Virginia's squalid Depression-era coal camps a new chance. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was so devoted to the community that it became known as "Eleanor's Little Village." Despite the best intentions, the community was relatively short-lived due to unsuitable land for farming, inefficient production practices, and other reasons. Today, Arthurdale is a National Historic District with 160 of the 165 original homesteads--all but one in private hands.
Museum Hallway.jpg
Museum Hallway.jpg
Arthurdale Crafts, #1.jpg
Arthurdale Crafts, #1.jpg
Arthurdale Crafts, #2.jpg
Arthurdale Crafts, #2.jpg
Arthurdale Crafts, #3.jpg
Arthurdale Crafts, #3.jpg
Museum, #1.jpg
Museum, #1.jpg
Museum, #2.jpg
Museum, #2.jpg
Museum, #3.jpg
Museum, #3.jpg
Museum, #4.jpg
Museum, #4.jpg
Old Federal Administration Building, #1.jpg
Old Federal Administration Building, #1.jpg
Old Federal Administration Building, #2.jpg
Old Federal Administration Building, #2.jpg
Side View, Old Federal Administration Building.jpg
Side View, Old Federal Administration Building.jpg
Old Federal Administration Building, #3.jpg
Old Federal Administration Building, #3.jpg
Old Federal Administration Building, #4.jpg
Old Federal Administration Building, #4.jpg
Spinning Wheel, #1.jpg
Spinning Wheel, #1.jpg
Spinning Wheel, #2.jpg
Spinning Wheel, #2.jpg
Old Forge, #1.jpg
Old Forge, #1.jpg
Old Forge Interior, #1.jpg
Old Forge Interior, #1.jpg
Old Forge Interior, #2.jpg
Old Forge Interior, #2.jpg
Old Forge Interior, #6.jpg
Old Forge Interior, #6.jpg
Gas Station, #1.jpg
Gas Station, #1.jpg
Gas Station, #2.jpg
Gas Station, #2.jpg
Gas Station, #3.jpg
Gas Station, #3.jpg
Gas Station, #4.jpg
Gas Station, #4.jpg
Gas Station, #5.jpg
Gas Station, #5.jpg
Gas Station Pumps, #1.jpg
Gas Station Pumps, #1.jpg
Gas Station Pumps, #2.jpg
Gas Station Pumps, #2.jpg
Gas Station Pumps, #4.jpg
Gas Station Pumps, #4.jpg
Gas Station, Rear, #1.jpg
Gas Station, Rear, #1.jpg
Gas Station, Rear, #2.jpg
Gas Station, Rear, #2.jpg
Remnants, #1.jpg
Remnants, #1.jpg
Remnants, #2.jpg
Remnants, #2.jpg
Remnants, #3.jpg
Remnants, #3.jpg
Remnants, #4.jpg
Remnants, #4.jpg
Gas Station, #6.jpg
Gas Station, #6.jpg
Gas Station, Rear, #3.jpg
Gas Station, Rear, #3.jpg
Remnants, #5.jpg
Remnants, #5.jpg
Stone Wall.jpg
Stone Wall.jpg
Light & Stone Wall, #1.jpg
Light & Stone Wall, #1.jpg
Light & Stone Wall, #2.jpg
Light & Stone Wall, #2.jpg
Light & Stone Wall, #4.jpg
Light & Stone Wall, #4.jpg
Doorway, Old Forge.jpg
Doorway, Old Forge.jpg
Old Forge, Side View.jpg
Old Forge, Side View.jpg
Community Center, #1.jpg
Community Center, #1.jpg
Community Center, #2.jpg
Community Center, #2.jpg
Homestead, #1.jpg
Homestead, #1.jpg
Homestead, #2.jpg
Homestead, #2.jpg
Arthurdale Kitchen, #1.jpg
Arthurdale Kitchen, #1.jpg
Arthurdale Kitchen, #2.jpg
Arthurdale Kitchen, #2.jpg
Bathroom.jpg
Bathroom.jpg
Coal Furnace & Back Door.jpg
Coal Furnace & Back Door.jpg
Canning & Storage Shed, #1.jpg
Canning & Storage Shed, #1.jpg
Corner Nook.jpg
Corner Nook.jpg
Front Entryway & Dining Room.jpg
Front Entryway & Dining Room.jpg
Living Room, #1.jpg
Living Room, #1.jpg
Living Room, #2.jpg
Living Room, #2.jpg
Multi-Media Room.jpg
Multi-Media Room.jpg
Nursery.jpg
Nursery.jpg
Kids' Bedroom.jpg
Kids' Bedroom.jpg
Upstairs Bedroom.jpg
Upstairs Bedroom.jpg
Upstairs Hallway.jpg
Upstairs Hallway.jpg
Arthurdale Church, #1.jpg
Arthurdale Church, #1.jpg
Arthurdale Church, #2.jpg
Arthurdale Church, #2.jpg
Canning & Storage Shed, #2.jpg
Canning & Storage Shed, #2.jpg
Back Lot.jpg
Back Lot.jpg
Homesteader's Barn, #1.jpg
Homesteader's Barn, #1.jpg
Homesteader's Barn, #2.jpg
Homesteader's Barn, #2.jpg
Homesteader's Barn, #3.jpg
Homesteader's Barn, #3.jpg