Subcommittee Says Caswell Site, Museum Shouldn't Close

A legislative panel reviewing state-run attractions now says two historic sites in Eastern Carolina should not close.

Staff members for the subcommittee of the Legislature's fiscal management panel had recommended closing the Richard Caswell Memorial in Kinston and the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

But the subcommittee decided against the two closings. The Caswell site is a shrine to the state's first governor.

Both attractions have below-average attendance compared to other state museums and historic sites. But local boosters have opposed closing them, saying it would discourage tourism and economic development in eastern North Carolina and close an eye to state history.

The subcommittee's recommendations now go to the full panel, which will provide guidance to the General Assembly when it makes budget decisions in a few months.

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  • by why on Mar 21, 2012 at 02:44 PM
    Why are those 2 sites chosen over all the others?
  • by Steve on Mar 21, 2012 at 01:48 PM
    THIS is why this country will never balance a budget. It seems we all scream for a balanced budget until something that effects us is going to be cut.
  • by DONT on Mar 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM
    Don't be such a bigot. You cannot blame all the problems on democrats and museums are an integral part of community and historic education. You have easily proven that this goes above your head so I will dumb it down for you: NO MUSEUMS EQUALS LESS EDUCATION.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM
    So let local boosters support them. Thats the point. The museum in EC should never have been built in the first place. I bet every supporter of these unfunded locations are democrats. Free spending is over in NC. If you want it, raise the money or figure how to make them productive and self supporting.

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