Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I was so fascinated by the community of Norvelt. Was there once such a place? I did some digging and discovered that, indeed, a homestead movement was spearheaded by Eleanor Roosevelt as part of the New Deal. Originally called Westmoreland Homesteads, Norvelt was established in 1934 and was made up of 250 homes. The town provided housing, work, and community to unemployed workers and their families during the Depression. The thought that America was once this compassionate to those in need brings tears to my eyes. Check out the link for more info and pix!