Jersey Homesteads Gets Historic Marker

Jersey Homesteads (since renamed Roosevelt) was a New Deal town intended for Jewish settlers. The Roosevelt council is seen with the town’s new historic marker, which reads:

“Organized as an agro-industrial Jewish cooperative community by the Provisional Commission for Jewish Farm Settlements in the United States, led by Benjamin Brown (1885-1939), Jersey Homesteads was one of approximately 100 communities built by the Roosevelt Administration in the 1930. Among the other members of the Provisional Commission were Rabbi Stephen Wise and Albert Einstein. The design of the community, with interior and exterior greenbelts, reflects the influence of Sir Ebenezer Howard, pioneer of the English “garden city” planning concept, while the design of the buildings by architects Alfred Kastner and Louis Kahn incorporates principles developed by Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus in Germany in the 1920s.”

New Deal Town Celebrating Its 80th Anniversary

Dalworthington Gardens, Texas, was established in 1936 under the Homestead Subsistence Program. The town began with 80 parcels of land between Dallas and Fort Worth. It is celebrating its 80th anniversary June 10 and 11, 2016. The Oldtimer’s Dinner will be Friday night. On Saturday there will be a 5-kilometer race and a 1-mile run/walk; a 4-city softball tournament will feature teams headed by the mayors of Arlington, Pantego, Mansfield and DWG; and families will form softball teams to play on the newly refurbished ball field. There will be free hot dogs all day, and activities for children.

The Arlington Community Band and the Uptown Drifters band will entertain in the evening, followed by a showing of “Finding Nemo” on the town’s outdoor screen.For more information and registration forms, click here.

New Book on Greenhills, Ohio

A new book about the New Deal Town of Greenhills, Ohio, was released in 2013 by Arcadia Publishing Co. “Greenhills” was written by Debbie Mills and Margo Warminski, in a community effort with many volunteers from the Greenhills Historical Society. This paperback edition is heavily illustrated and is 128 pages. The list price is $21.99.

Greenbelt, Maryland, Theater Restoration Project Wins $75,000 in Grant Competition

In the spring of 2013, the Greenbelt Theatre was entered in a competition for grant money, with the winner based on popular vote. Greenbelt won a $75,000 grant, which will be used to renovate the theater lobby. Thanks to all those who voted for the project.

Partners in Preservation, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, chose the Greenbelt Theatre and 23 other historic places in and around the District of Columbia to compete for votes to win up to $100,000 in grant funding. Settled in 1937 as a cooperative New Deal community, Greenbelt is now nationally recognized for its unique design and strong sense of place. This old-fashioned, single-screen theater has been at the heart of Greenbelt’s commercial core for 75 years.


2012 was the 75th anniversary or birthday of many of the New Deal resettlement towns. We know that Greenbelt, Md. (see below), Roosevelt, N.J., and Aberdeen, Va., held events. We would like to hear if any other towns are also celebrating or have celebrated. Please contact our office if anything is planned so we can include it on our website.