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.
This year there will be a display on the history of West Virginia flour mills and mill sacks in the Administration Building presented by Anna M. Schein, Associate Curator of the West Virginia and Regional History Collection at WVU Libraries. The exhibit illustrates the role of West Virginia and Regional History Center archival resources in preserving the history of West Virginia flour mills and mill sacks. Included are trade cards, historical photographs of West Virginia mills, and S. George Company (Wellsburg, W. Va.) paper flour barrel and flour sack logos.
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 volunteer 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 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.