Kees Hodgson House in Arthurdale, WV #8242
The New Deal was a time in U.S. history in which many social programs were undertaken to help improve the lives of those suffering economic hardships brought on by the Great Depression. In Arthurdale, W.Va., a homestead community was created by the Subsistence Homestead Division. As Arthurdale Heritage, Inc., explains: "Homesteaders moved into Arthurdale between 1934 and 1937. Over 1,000 people made Arthurdale their home."
The Kees Hodgson House was the first home constructed of 50 mail-ordered from the E.F. Hodgson Company of Massachusetts. "These kit houses were meant to be summer homes so they needed insulation and a heating system added which led to major cost overruns. Eleanor Roosevelt helped design interiors, and they came partially furnished."
"It was fabulous. That’s the only word I can think of right now it changed my life completely … within one day, my life changed overnight," said Glenna Williams, who as a teenager moved with her parents and two sisters into a similar home, the Williams Hodgson House, from the mining community of Scotts Run near Morgantown, W.Va., in 1934. Williams is quoted on the sign outside the Kees Hodgson House.
The dining area also serves as an enclosed porch overlooking the surrounding community.