Arthurdale is the nation’s first New Deal homestead subsistence project, which was championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. The first homesteaders arrived in 1934 and each property was 2 – 5 acres in size to allow the families to raise food and livestock. Modern amenities not commonly available around the country at that time – electricity, indoor plumbing, and a refrigerator – were provided to all 165 homes constructed by the federal government as a way to help families during the Great Depression. This ground-breaking project’s public buildings have been restored by residents who appreciated this second chance at life and knew the value of preserving it. A five-building museum is now open to the public year-round to tell the special story of the First Lady’s legacy.
Adult tickets are $10, Youth ages 8-18 are $7, and children under 7 are free.
Open for tours weekdays 11-4pm and weekends in the summer. Check the website for more detailed hours.
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