A Student of History

February 21, 2007

MOC wanted in Lexington

Filed under: The strange place called the South — John Maass @ 4:57 pm

Will Lexington get the financially disturbed Museum of the Confederacy?  Folks in the Shenandoah town seem interested in getting Richmond’s famous museum to locate there.  From the local paper, The News Gazette, an article by :

The Rockbridge Area Tourism Board is hoping local government officials will continue exploring the idea of the Museum of the Confederacy being relocated from Richmond to Courthouse Square in Lexington.

The Board on Monday adopted a motion to ask the Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors and Lexington City Council to endorse a continuation of the exploration. Tourism representatives will make presentations on the prospects of the museum coming here to both governing bodies next week – to the Board of Supervisors on Monday, Feb. 12, and to City Council on Thursday, Feb. 15.

The Tourism Board discussed the pros and cons of whether the museum would be a good fit for the Rockbridge area, said Jean Clark, tourism executive director. “Everyone on the Board thought there was merit in continuing the exploration.”

Clark said the Board wants to look at whether the museum “would complement, or not, the area’s current tourism attractions.”

“Is it economically feasible and is there enough public support?” asked Clark. Also, she said, it needs to be determined whether there’s a better use for the Rockbridge County Courthouse, which is to be vacated when a new courthouse opens a block away in a couple of years.

At the invitation of the Tourism Board, museum Board members toured the Courthouse Square facilities in early January. The museum Board wants to relocate its museum because it’s being encroached on three sides by Virginia Commonwealth University’s medical campus, and is no longer considered very accessible.

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