New Deal festival celebrates the Arthurdale community

Monongalia and Preston

A piece of history in Preston County was celebrated at the New Deal festival in Arthurdale.

“The New Deal festival is the second of Saturday in July every year and it’s a family event we have something for everyone. Great thing abut today is we have a  very shady campus.” said Darlene Bolyard, Arthurdale Heritage Executive Director.

The festival celebrates the history of the first federally built community. Historical buildings were open throughout the campus and visitors can learn how the community functioned.

 ‘We want people to learn about the new deal and how the  new deal lifted people out of poverty they didn’t get a hand out they got a hand up.” said Bolyard.

The community was a product of the Roosevelt presidency and families were brought  from all over to build their lives in Arthurdale. Richard was a member of the DeGoyle family and was at the festival to share some family memories.

“Roosevelt, Eleanor ate with us three times. He would come in his car and me and my sister walked up to his car and his chauffeur said don’t touch my car and Eleanor leaned out and said if you want to touch it go ahead, yeah we looked at him and then we crawled underneath of it.” said DeGolyer.

Richard stays behind to tells his family story, insuring the history lives on.

“I think the history needs to be reserved and I love the people I work with here and a lot of them are involved in this” said DeGolyer.

“Arthurdale was the first homestead community in America so it’s very important to our county and it’s nice that we have such a historically important place so close right here in Preston County.” added Bolyard.

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