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Arthurdale in Preston County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Arthurdale

 
 
Arthurdale Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 16, 2014
1. Arthurdale Marker
Inscription. Established 1933,-'34 under Federal Homestead Act, one of several model planned-communities nationwide, and a pet project of Eleanor Roosevelt, to assist unemployed through self-sufficient farming and handicrafts. Town built on 2,400 acres, included 165 homes on 4-acre plots; schools; chicken and dairy farms; furniture, pottery, metal and textile shops; a store, community hall and an inn.
 
Erected 1984 by West Virginia Department of Culture and History.
 
Location. 39° 29.674′ N, 79° 48.92′ W. Marker is in Arthurdale, West Virginia, in Preston County. Marker is at the intersection of West Virginia Route 92 and D Road 16, on the right when traveling south on State Route 92. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arthurdale WV 26520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named “Arthurdale” (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cow Run Sand (approx. 2.9 miles away); Kingwood (approx. 7 miles away); Preston County Courthouse (approx. 7 miles away); Price's Tavern
Arthurdale Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 16, 2014
2. Arthurdale Marker
(approx. 7 miles away); “The Pines” (approx. 7.1 miles away); Albright (approx. 9.1 miles away); Dunkard Bottom (approx. 9.2 miles away).
 
Regarding Arthurdale. Museum and craft shop is open May to October Tuesday through Sunday,and Tuesday through Friday the other months. Check their website for hours and information on special events.
 
Also see . . .  Arthurdale’s History. Arthurdale Heritage, Inc.’s website. Excerpt: “The Reedsville Project, later named Arthurdale after Richard Arthur, from whom the land was purchased, was begun in 1934 as a homestead community. Land was purchased, residents were selected, homes were constructed, more residents were selected, more homes constructed… until there were 165 homes and several community buildings including a school complex, built on approximately 1200 acres in rural Preston County, WV. Today, most of the community buildings still stand and most are part of the New Deal Homestead Museum. Many of the new residents were displaced miners from the Scott’s Run area near Morgantown, WV, but some moved here from other areas of Preston County and WV. Some of the homes housed the government employees who were assigned jobs here such as teachers, physicians, surveyors, engineers, secretaries,
Visitor’s Center image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 16, 2014
3. Visitor’s Center
etc.” (Submitted on July 6, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Notable Places
 
Arthurdale’s Gas Station image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 16, 2014
4. Arthurdale’s Gas Station
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2014, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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