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REPORT: Shutter Memorial To State's First Governor

A state watchdog agency says the historic site honoring North Carolina's first governor should be closed.

The report by the legislature's Program Evaluation Division report says the Richard Caswell Memorial in Kinston should be closed once the remnants of the C.S.S. Neuse are moved to a new site.

As a colonial lawmaker, Caswell introduced the bill establishing the town of Kingston in 1762. Later he served six one-year terms as governor both during and after the Revolutionary War.

The report also wants to close the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, and reduce operating hours at seven other locations to reduce operating expenses at attractions with high costs and low visitor traffic. They estimate saving $2 million annually with the closings.


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