Historic Buildings Open
This is a great opportunity to explore Arthurdale and the New Deal Homestead Museum.
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.
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. Inside the restored Esso Station there are artifacts including original auto repair equipment, candy and tobacco displays, soda cooler, and cash register.
This year there will be a display on rag rug weaving in the Service Station presented by Anna M. Schein, Associate Curator of the West Virginia and Regional History Collection at WVU Libraries. The exhibit explores American floor coverings with a focus on rag rugs, which were very popular in Arthurdale.
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 décor and items donated by original homesteaders and their descendants.
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.